Speaking to Dirk Hohndel, VMware’s chief open source officer, at the Open Source Europe Summit, Linux author Linus Torvalds said he no longer considered himself a programmer. “I don’t know how to write code anymore, and most of the code I write is in the mail,” Explains Torvalds. Someone sent a patch and I replied with a pseudo code. I’m used to editing patches, and sometimes send them without any tests.
Literally, I just write the code in the mail and say what I think should be done. That’s what I did, I’m not a programmer anymore. ”
Torvalds says his job is to read and reply to a lot of emails and then say “no” at the end, and someone has to say no, which will prompt developers to write better code.
In other words, Torvalds is now a program manager and maintainer and no longer a developer. He says maintainers need to respond to code submitted by developers in a timely manner, which will make developers feel that their work can at least get feedback.