Linux kernel hackers this week appealed for the appointment of a 'penguin patch lieutenant' to deal with the glaring shortcomings in Linus Torvalds's kernel patch system and generally "make Linus's life easier".

In a request for comments posted to the Linux kernel mailing list yesterday, kernel hacker Rob Landley slammed the current state of the Linux kernel patching system as "ridiculous" and called for the appointment of a penguin patch master.