I'm really not qualified to speculate on the type of person that Linus Torvalds is, However, I am truly grateful for his invention or is implementation of the UNIX invention. To paraphrase him he talks about the cool kids collecting the difficult and complicated toolchains as badges of honor.
But when it comes to business choosing the more complicated tools is not always the best medicine. The choices you make should create more opportunities for more choices later rather than filtering the number of potential choices over the lifetime of your target.
So I say know and understand the technologies at the bleeding edge but implement with technologies at the cutting-edge.