One maintainer above them all
One maintainer to rule them all
and in the darkness bind them !
I like Linus Torvalds as a developer, brilliant hacker - but he REALLY sucks at maintaining a stable kernel. It would be much better to have him direct the unstable branch and then as soon as it reaches maturity hand it over to another guy, then go on with the unstable dangerous stuff, after a much needed vacation break.
Having an eager to innovate kernel hacker maintain something stable... bad - the urge to include new stuff is to great.
I would rather that we pop out major kernel versions more often and then only fix bugs, security and speed issues in the stable series.... NEVER including new stuff. Then have a development cycle of say 6 months for the major version kernels. This might give problems in relations to new hardware, but to hell with that - we're not producing an M$ OS here !