I for one had become confused in that same debate, and have started running OpenBSD and FreeBSD at home so I can learn about them. Since they are so different from the way Linux does things, I'm glad I've taken the opportunity to learn, but it didn't take me long to come to the same conclusion as Linus.
I can simply do more with Linux, quicker and easier. That isn't an insult to the BSD's, I feel the same way about Windows and OSX. I will not hesitate to use either of the BSD's in the future, but it's hard to give up the flexibility of Linux.