When Torvalds was prone to swear at, and abuse, his fellow developers, stories were merited. But this latest bid by The Register for clickbait resembles very much the acts of low-life London tabloid paparazzi who stood around looking for signs of cellulite whenever the late Princess Diana left the gym.
Are people really so desperate for clicks that they think this kind of language a hanging offence?
Even the writer of this trite tale downplays it at the start by saying, "by his (Torvalds') standards this most recent rant of his is relatively restrained". Really? Using the word bull***t is considered a rant? In which century is The Register anchored?
Of course, this lead-in gives the website a change to rehash all the happenings of the past and make an entire mountain range out of a molehill. I dare say the author himself must be using much more unparliamentary language day in and day out.
But when it is Torvalds, he is expected to be a sadhu, St Linus of Finland, who only uses language akin to a papal benediction to communicate with the people who develop the Linux kernel along with him. Political correctness has not just gone mad, it has gone stark, raving crazy.
In all honesty, The Register does not do its own reputation much good by flimsy stories like this.