Update:\nOn Sept. 16, 2018, after being questioned by The New Yorker about his abusive behavior, Linus Torvalds apologized for his conduct and announced he was stepping back\u00a0from kernel development to get help understanding people's emotions and how to respond properly.\u00a0\nIn addition, for the first time, the Linux community will be adopting a Code of Conduct to create a welcome and opening environment.\u00a0\n-----------------------------------------------\nA prominent Linux kernel developer announced today in a blog post that she would step down from her direct work in the kernel community, saying that the community values blunt honesty, often containing profane and personal attacks above \u201cbasic human decency.\u201d\nSarah Sharp (who now goes by Sage Sharp), an Intel employee who until recently was the maintainer of the USB 3.0 host controller driver, wrote that she could no longer work within a developer culture that required overworked maintainers to be rude and brusque in order to get the job done. She continues to work on other open-source software projects, but says that she has begun to dread even minor interaction with the kernel community.\n\n\u201cMy current work on userspace graphics enabling may require me to send an occasional quirks kernel patch, but I know I will spend at least a day dreading the potential toxic background radiation of interacting with the kernel community before I send anything,\u201d Sharp wrote.\nAlthough Sharp was careful not to name any names, Linux creator Linus Torvalds has undeniably been the most visible example of the sort of behavior she cites in the blog post. As the chief maintainer of the Linux kernel, Torvalds has frequently been profane, personal and unpleasant in his criticism of what he deems poor code or bad decisions, and his is the lead that many developers follow.\nSharp has publicly locked horns with senior Linux kernel developers, including Torvalds in the past over issues of civility and professionalism, and has, arguably, been more responsible than anyone else for pressing the community to consider those issues more critically in recent years.\nBut even relatively minor moves to curb bad behavior have met with angry resistance from some kernel devs \u2013 a meekly worded \u201cplease be respectful\u201d policy adopted as a kernel patch earlier this year provoked furious commentary on mailing lists and Reddit discussions, even if Torvalds himself lent the policy some cursory support. (Torvalds could not be reached for comment at the time this article was published.)\nSharp said that she\u2019s tired of trying to push this particular rock uphill.\n\u201cSadly, the behavioral changes I would like to see in the Linux kernel community are unlikely to happen any time soon,\u201d she wrote. \u201cMany senior Linux kernel developers stand by the right of maintainers to be technically and personally brutal. Even if they are very nice people in person, they do not want to see the Linux kernel communication style change.\u201d\nSUSE employee and Network World contributor Bryan Lunduke said Sharp\u2019s loss is \u201ca bummer\u201d but argued that her departure doesn\u2019t necessarily reflect badly on the kernel community.\n\u201c[N]ot everyone likes a politically correct work environment,\u201d he said. \u201cNot everyone will enjoy working in every environment, but my perception is that most working on the kernel enjoy doing so.\u201d\nLunduke admitted, however, that Sharp\u2019s departure isn\u2019t going to help the image of Linux developers.\n\u201cIt\u2019s definitely not the greatest publicity in the world,\u201d he said.