Torvalds, with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, went on: "Before downloading the actual new kernel, most avid kernel hackers have been involved in a 2-hour pre-kernel-compilation count-down, with some even spending the preceding week doing typing exercises and reciting PI to a thousand decimal places."
And, Torvalds added, "As ICD head analyst Walter Dickweed put it: Releasing a new kernel on Superbowl Sunday means that the important "pasty white nerd" constituency finally has something to do while the rest of the country sits comatose in front of their [65-inch] plasma screens."
After some more fun, Torvalds moved on to business. "I tried rather hard to make 2.6.20 largely a stabilization release. Unlike a lot of kernels lately, there arent really any big fundamental changes to some core infrastructure area, and while we always have bugs, I really am hoping that we fixed many more than we introduced," wrote Torvalds.