The thing is many people confuse beinf honest and technically sound with being a raging douchebag.
THIS THIS THIS.
You can be a super-smart, cocky A type who's done more for your project than anyone else combined, who likes to be forceful, curt and to the point AND still not be a cunt.
The fact that Linus can't manage this isn't a facet of his awesomeness, it's a glaring revelation that he is simply a great coder and nothing else.
Worship him if you must, but there's far more interesting people out there who manage to be awesome at what they do and be awesome people at the same time.