I'm not sure. He's either the Linda Lovelace of the Microsoft community or the Barbara Streisand of the Linux community apparently.
"For some strange reason, my communications style seems to get the point across without much offending assorted people on several different continents. I submit it as an existence proof. "
That's a dubious claim, because you have offended the fuck out of my sensibilities many times over the years.
" The LKML could be driving away a lot of talented people, and we'd never realize it without someone who mentions it on her way out."
And that is a perfectly acceptable loss, because it has the intended effect of driving off 1000 idiots for every 1 talented person. They don't need every talented person, just a quorum.
"It did help that all of us were thoroughly familiar with the code base going into the project, and had a clear idea of what we needed to produce."
SO you are saying it wasn't actually Agile (i.e. SCRUM) then?
What good is a ticket to the good life, if you can't find the entrance?