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  • Linus Torvalds tells mailing list poster to “SHUT THE HELL UP” for saying COVID-19 vaccines create “new humanoid race”

    Linus Torvalds has used some of his strongest language in years to smack down a Linux Kernel Mailing List poster who made some odd remarks about COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.

    The incident started in a Linux Kernel Mailing List thread titled “Maintainers / Kernel Summit 2021 planning kick-off” that commenced in April 2021.

    Event organisers have decided the event should be virtual this year. However, some in the thread have used the thread to ask if increasing vaccination rates mean that decision could be revisited.

    A poster using the name “Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult” weighed in with the following opinion on COVID-19 vaccinations.

  • Linus Torvalds Encourages Kernel Developers & Everyone To Get Vaccinated

    Linus Torvalds is known primarily in the past for his colorful scripture on the Linux kernel mailing list while today he does have a passionate and important read on the LKML around vaccinations for COVID-19.

    While Linus Torvalds' language has toned down on the kernel mailing list in recent years, which were well known often during very heated technical arguments, today he impassioned plea for everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • [Older] Maintainers / Kernel Summit 2021 planning kick-off
    [ Feel free to forward this to other Linux kernel mailing lists as
      appropriate -- Ted ]
    This year, the Maintainers and Kernel Summit is currently planned to
    be held in Dublin, Ireland, September 27 -- 29th.  Of course, this is
    subject to change depending on how much progress the world makes
    towards vaccinating the population against the COVID-19 virus, and
    whether employers are approving conference travel.  At this point,
    there's a fairly good chance that we will need to move to a virtual
    conference format, either for one or both of the summits.
    As in previous years, the Maintainers Summit is invite-only, where the
    primary focus will be process issues around Linux Kernel Development.
    It will be limited to 30 invitees and a handful of sponsored
    The Kernel Summit is organized as a track which is run in parallel
    with the other tracks at the Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC), and is
    open to all registered attendees of LPC.
    Linus has generated a core list of people to be invited to the
    Maintainers Summit, and the program committee will be using that list
    a starting point of people to be considered.  People who suggest
    topics that should be discussed at the Maintainers Summit will also be
    added to the list for consideration.  To make topic suggestions for
    the Maintainers Summit, please send e-mail to the with a subject prefix of [MAINTAINERS SUMMIT].
  • Re: Maintainers / Kernel Summit 2021 planning kick-off
    Please keep your insane and technically incorrect anti-vax comments to yourself.
    You don't know what you are talking about, you don't know what mRNA
    is, and you're spreading idiotic lies. Maybe you do so unwittingly,
    because of bad education. Maybe you do so because you've talked to
    "experts" or watched youtube videos by charlatans that don't know what
    they are talking about.
    But dammit, regardless of where you have gotten your mis-information
    from, any Linux kernel discussion list isn't going to have your
    idiotic drivel pass uncontested from me.
    Vaccines have saved the lives of literally tens of millions of people.
    Just for your edification in case you are actually willing to be
    educated: mRNA doesn't change your genetic sequence in any way. It is
    the exact same intermediate - and temporary - kind of material that
    your cells generate internally all the time as part of your normal
    cell processes, and all that the mRNA vaccines do is to add a dose
    their own specialized sequence that then makes your normal cell
    machinery generate that spike protein so that your body learns how to
    recognize it.
    The half-life of mRNA is a few hours. Any injected mRNA will be all
    gone from your body in a day or two. It doesn't change anything
    long-term, except for that natural "your body now knows how to
    recognize and fight off a new foreign protein" (which then tends to
    fade over time too, but lasts a lot longer than a few days). And yes,
    while your body learns to fight off that foreign material, you may
    feel like shit for a while. That's normal, and it's your natural
    response to your cells spending resources on learning how to deal with
    the new threat.
    And of the vaccines, the mRNA ones are the most modern, and the most
    targeted - exactly because they do *not* need to have any of the other
    genetic material that you traditionally have in a vaccine (ie no need
    for basically the whole - if weakened - bacterial or virus genetic
    material). So the mRNA vaccines actually have *less* of that foreign
    material in them than traditional vaccines do. And a *lot* less than
    the very real and actual COVID-19 virus that is spreading in your
    Honestly, anybody who has told you differently, and who has told you
    that it changes your genetic material, is simply uneducated. You need
    to stop believing the anti-vax lies, and you need to start protecting
    your family and the people around you. Get vaccinated.
    I think you are in Germany, and COVID-19 numbers are going down. It's
    spreading a lot less these days, largely because people around you
    have started getting the vaccine - about half having gotten their
    first dose around you, and about a quarter being fully vaccinated. If
    you and your family are more protected these days, it's because of all
    those other people who made the right choice, but it's worth noting
    that as you see the disease numbers go down in your neighborhood,
    those diminishing numbers are going to predominantly be about people
    like you and your family.
    So don't feel all warm and fuzzy about the fact that covid cases have
    dropped a lot around you. Yes, all those vaccinated people around you
    will protect you too, but if there is another wave, possibly due to a
    more transmissible version - you and your family will be at _much_
    higher risk than those vaccinated people because of your ignorance and
    Get vaccinated. Stop believing the anti-vax lies.
    And if you insist on believing in the crazy conspiracy theories, at
    least SHUT THE HELL UP about it on Linux kernel discussion lists.

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Linus Torvalds Wants Everyone to Get Vaccinated...

Mixing two totally different things (vaccination and tracking)

  • Linux Foundation Public Health prepares global COVID-19 passport as Linus Torvalds encourages vaccine uptake

    As the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, governments around the globe are taking different approaches to tackling the problem. While COVID-19 remains a somewhat divisive topic, there's one thing that most people can agree on: vaccinations are going to play a major role in getting things under control.

    This is why the father of Linux, Linus Torvalds, has spoken out telling people to "get vaccinated" and "stop believing the anti-vax lies". For anyone who believes "the crazy conspiracy theories" he has a simple message: "SHUT THE HELL UP". Meanwhile, Linux Foundation Public Health has launched the Global COVID Certificate Network (GCCN), described as "an initiative to enable interoperable and trustworthy verification of COVID certificates between jurisdictions for safe border reopening".

Linux inventor Linus Torvalds rebukes vaccine skeptics

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