Seigo: ending the cults of personality in free software

On his blog, Aaron Seigo has a thoughtful look at the role personality cults play in free software. Why should we worry about what Linus Torvalds runs on his desktop, he asks, as it is just one data point—one that gets hugely inflated because of who Torvalds is. "Let's step to the side and consider this from a different angle: Imagine that someone made Linus' perfect desktop environment. Something that satisfied him entirely and which he could happily talk about whenever he felt like it. Would that environment be interesting and useful for the general public, or would it be something great for kernel developers and grumpy-heads like Linus? It could go either way, really, because (once again) the fact that Linus liked it would not be useful information when held in isolation by itself."