A while since BitKeeper was selected for Linux development, there are proposals to switch to a free software solution like arch.
While Linus Torvalds starts arguing that CVS is bad, some others like Jeff Garzik give us the good ol' "if both BK and <open source tool> were completely equal in terms of function, I'd use the open source tool" argument. This last stand is quite funny since it is typical self-blocker logic. Considering that you need a certain amount of users to be able to enhance your software (especially for a kernel, unless you are wealthy enough to buy yourself all kind of devices only for testing/writing modules purpose), if users follow this logic, your software will never get a chance to get improved, because they will never start using your thing. If Linux is nowadays widely used, it is specifically because many persons refused such logic; and in many cases, it continues to grow because many persons are still refusing such logic.
Apart from that, Linus Torvalds does not show himself like a smart and sensible man when he seems unable to say anything else than like "shut up" and complain about someone would be "whining" while he plainly recognize feeling insulted when someone dares questioning decisions he made ("then complaining when people decide to use the best tool available is fricking impolite"). Not to mention the fact he talks like he was paid to do washing-powder advertisements ("the best tool available") obviously without clear knowledge of the situation ("I looked at it [arch] before starting BK"... three years ago). Truly lamentable. Not to mention the fact that he confuses proprietary and commercial software (on purpose maybe) so he can say that BK license (he does not use the word license, interestingly enough) is no big deal since commercial is not a problem ("Sure, BK is commercial, but dammit, so is that 2GHz dual-G5 too and that Shuttle box in my corner"); please, dont tell me this guy worldwide known for his work on a kernel which is nowadays largely commercialized is not aware that his damn project is under a commercial license too (since it's commercialized!), so being commercial cannot be the issue with BK licensing. And how ignorant looks this guy that compares someone criticizing his choice to use BK (an attitude he calls "whining", out of neutrality) to someone who would give away his freedom by forbidding it to use BK: in this perspective, completely off-topic (did someone ever proposed to disallow him to use BK?), he invents what Voltaire would say ("I may disagree with your choice of license, but I shall defend to the death your right to choose it") without even realizing that the original Voltaire's sentence what about freedom of speech, so the freedom of criticizing, the freedom that Linus, full of respect for it, call "whining".
Kernel-traffic is fun.