Linux creator Linus Torvalds today signalled his enjoyment of the annual "Talk Like a Pirate Day" festivities, using the nautical lexicon to launch an update to the kernel at the heart of his open source operating system.
"Ahoy! She's good to go, hoist anchor!" wrote Torvalds in a public e-mail today announcing version 2.6.18 of the Linux kernel. "Here's some real booty for all you land-lubbers," he continued.
"There's not too many changes, with t'bulk of the patch bein' defconfig updates, but the shortlog at the aft of this here e-mail describes the details if you care, you scurvy dogs."
Signing his missive "Linus 'but you can call me Cap'n'", Torvalds went on to assign watery nicknames to a number of well-known kernel developers, as follows:
- Al "bilge rat" Viro
- "Cap'n" Andrew Morton
- Paul "peg leg" Mackerras
He also sprinkled pirate vernacular throughout the e-mail detailing the kernel update, for example:
- [MTD] NAND: keelhaul marooned URL in Kconfig
- e1000: fix bilge-sucking TX timout hang regression for 82542rev3
- [ARM] 3793/1: S3C2412: fix barnacles in wrong serial info struct
- [Shiver me timbers] EXT2: Remove superblock lock contention in ext2_statfs
- Davy Jones: Didn't do anything, the scurvy lad. Ahoy!
- Well blow me down, if he didn't fix 'make headers_check' on ia64
- [JFFS2][SUMMARY] Fix a bilge-suckin' summary collectin' bug. Arrr!
- genirq: Fix the typo in IRQ resend smartly, cabin boy!
The international Talk Like a Pirate day was yesterday, September 19. The event encourages people world-wide to use pirate terms in their everyday speech.