The fact that these events have been overtaken by the issue of a code of conduct for the Linux kernel project which Torvalds has lived by has not apparently struck Dr Roy Schestowitz (yes, the honorific is correct) who runs the Techrights site.
Some opportunist has reproduced Dr Schestowitz's post and the great American site Slashdot (News for nerds. Stuff that matters) has featured it, offering only as an afterthought the fact that the material it is based on comes from 2014 (see screenshot below). That should have been the lead paragraph, but then it would have meant there was no reason to post about it; the person who posted obviously did not read the original in full. Or is the class clown. Or both.
There have been numerous attempts in recent times to blackball the Debian project by people who have an axe to grind with that entity. I could name names here but I would rather not; you know who you are and this is silliness taken to an extreme. Grow up, agree to disagree like a mature adult and move on.
Why write about six-year-old posts that are clearly water under the bridge? It may be driven by the fact that any utterance by Torvalds is treated by some as though it were dynamite, even by so-called respectable sites like the UK's The Register. There Torvalds' words are used as flamebait whenever and wherever possible. It's a pity, but then that is the state of play today.
Anyway, in keeping with the journalistic practice of contacting people who are central players in any story, I asked Jonathan Carter, the current leader of the Debian GNU/Linux Project for his take. He hasn't yet responded, but if he does, I will add his response here.
Torvalds was asked for his take and, as usual, he was very prompt in replying. With him, I have never had to hold my breath waiting for a reply; if he does not get back to you within the hour, then he is not going to offer a response.
"Honestly, I think those emails are more about Debian culture than they are about me, and you should probably ask the Debian people about them rather than me," was Torvalds' response. I agree with him wholeheartedly.
I would have liked to elicit a comment from the good doctor too, but he seems to be stuck in the era of IRC. However if he does respond — he has my email address — I will certainly give his opinion an airing.