"Ahoy! She's good to go, hoist anchor!" wrote version 2.6.18 of the kernel. "Here's some real booty for all you landlubbers," he continued.in a public announcement on Wednesday of
"There's not too many changes, with t'bulk of the patch bein' defconfig updates, but the shortlog at the aft of this here e-mail describes the details if you care, you scurvy dogs," he wrote.
Signing his missive "Linus 'but you can call me Cap'n,'" Torvalds went on to assign watery nicknames to a number of well-known kernel developers, as follows:
Al "bilge rat" Viro
Paul "peg leg" Mackerras
He also sprinkled pirate vernacular throughout the e-mail detailing the kernel update, for example:
[MTD] NAND: keelhaul marooned URL in Kconfig
e1000: fix bilge-sucking TX timout hang regression for 82542rev3
[ARM] 3793/1: S3C2412: fix barnacles in wrong serial info struct
[Shiver me timbers] EXT2: Remove superblock lock contention in ext2_statfs
Davy Jones: Didn't do anything, the scurvy lad. Ahoy!
Well blow me down, if he didn't fix 'make headers_check' on ia64
[JFFS2][SUMMARY] Fix a bilge-suckin' summary collectin' bug. Arrr!
genirq: Fix the typo in IRQ resend smartly, cabin boy!
is on Sept. 19. The event encourages people world-wide to use pirate terms in their everyday speech.
Renai LeMay reported for ZDNet Australia from Sydney.