As I'm running a MyDigitalSSD BPX NVMe SSD while typing this post on Linux Mint MATE 18.1, am glad that Linus made the right call.
While many who works under Linus reports many of the same things that was also in the work environment of the late Steve Jobs (being employed by a tyrant), there's a certain trait that both has in common & that's attention to details, demanding perfection from every employee on the payroll. Doesn't matter if it's a top software or sanitation engineer, Linus wants it right, and when alive, so did Jobs.
This line of employment is a 'dog eat dog' business, highly competitive & anyone can be replaced (Jobs himself once was fired from the corporation he founded), there's always one who'll obey if one holding a position doesn't, or if one who is not in the 'inner circle' makes a mistake, no matter how large or small. That's just the way it is & will always be. When I was last employed, my superior had only one reason for calling in sick, better be in the hospital, other than Federally protected employment laws, such as maternity or family leave. Not if one has an aching back or sore knees.
As well as demanded no less than perfection from all of those under him. While some critics posts articles about these employers, the truth is, the majority of the employees wants a strong leader, who doesn't put up with off the wall crap & is generally respected, not feared.
In this case, am glad that Linus showed his authority, because if a kernel messes up my Mint install n NVMe SSD, I want to know why. Because the truth is that Linux had support for these drives long before most Windows users (including myself) had heard of these. In fact, these SSD's were running on a now unsupported Ubuntu 12.04/Linux Mint 13 LTS, among the first testbeds for NVMe. This is one (of the many) examples where new hardware was deployed on Linux datacenters long before hitting the consumer market. In fact, just 2-3 years back, these type of SSD's with 4-5 years of non-stop usage in a corporate/business environment (1TiB size) were sold as secure erased on eBay for $1,000 or higher, and still had 95% of it's lifespan left.
Now we can purchase the same size (1TiB) new for as little as $500 (Samsung 960 EVO) & pricing inching upwards steadily, as there's a shortage on NAND chips, so the rapid drop in SSD pricing has came to a halt.
Make that $619 for the Samsung 960 PRO 1TiB model, the 512GB version is a bit higher in cost than what I paid for the same sized 950 PRO a year or so back, however note that the PRO is better rated, like most everything else, we get what we pay for.
At any rate, us Linux users who are running these drives don't want things messed up over rushed decisions, Linus won't allow that to happen.
Edited by cat1092, 25 April 2017 - 05:30 AM.