And so the culture wars coming to Linux is a big deal. The news from a couple weeks ago was that Linux Torvalds (father of Linux and the guy who has guided its development for 20+ years) broke down and imposed a Code Of Conduct for the kernel development group.
In the past, the key question was whether a developer's code was good or not; now with the CoC other issues - the developers race, sex, or gender identification, or his/her hurt feelings - will take precedence. At the extreme, this could break the Internet, or at least mire it in suckage as bad code (protected from replacement by the CoC and concerns over "diversity" developers' hurt feelings) make things work poorly.
This isn't just an academic concern: we have seen codes of conduct repeatedly abused by activists (a good background of this sort of thing is here), and so there's a lot to worry about here. Well, the linux kernel hackers are pushing back, saying that if they are disciplined under the code of conduct that they will revoke the right to use their code in the kernel:
This is a really interesting pushback, and if you are a tech nerd you should click through to read the whole thing. I don't know that we've hit peak Social Justice, but there are signs all over the place that people are sick of the agenda pushing into every nook and cranny of peoples' lives.Date Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:28:14 +0000 From unconditionedwitness@redchan ... Subject Re: A Plea to Unfuck our Codes of Conduct Regarding those who are ejected from the Linux Kernel Community after this CoC: Contributors can, at any time, rescind the license grant regarding their property via written notice to those whom they are rescinding the grant from (regarding their property (code)) .