"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.