On September 16, 2018, Linus Torvalds released the
4.19-rc4 version of the
kernel, and he also announced he was taking a break from Linux development in
order to consider his own behavior and to come up with a better approach
to kernel development. This was partly inspired by his realization that he
wasn't looking forward to the Kernel Summit event, and he said that "it wasn't
actually funny or a good sign that I was hoping to just skip the yearly
kernel summit entirely."
He also wrote that it was partly inspired when:
...people in our community confronted me
about my lifetime of not understanding emotions. My flippant attacks in
emails have been both unprofessional and uncalled for. Especially at times
when I made it personal. In my quest for a better patch, this made sense
to me. I know now this was not OK and I am truly sorry.