What exactly does Bruce Perens do? ESR codes (well, he used to, sort of) and is a well known right-wing crackpot. Torvalds is a kernel engineer. RMS codes and goes on speaking tours. What does Perens do except sit around and armchair-quarterback the FOSS community? I can't think of a single qualification the guy has that makes him fit for the sort of "leadership" position the guy has fashioned for himself.
I wrote the Electric Fence malloc() debugger, and some pieces of Debian.
Every single fucking comment posted will be absolutely fucking useless. Even those comments intended to be humorous will fail miserably at their intended goal.
Some people carve careers, others chisel them.