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Who's Writing Linux These Days? 63

Posted by timothy
from the thought-we-were-an-autonomous-collective dept.
cold fjord writes "IEEE Spectrum reports, "About once a year, the Linux Foundation analyzes the online repository that holds the source code of the kernel, or core, of the Linux operating system. As well as tracking the increasing complexity of the ever-evolving kernel over a series of releases from versions 3.0 to 3.10, the report also reveals who is contributing code, and the dominant role corporations now play in what began as an all-volunteer project in 1991. While volunteer contributors still represent a plurality among developers, over 80 percent of code is contributed by people who are paid for their work. ""
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Who's Writing Linux These Days?

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  • by jfdavis668 (1414919) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @01:07PM (#46150991)
    The constant need for change and improvement are generated by companies making software and hardware for Linux. So they are motivated to extend it. There are no longer major pieces of the OS to develop. All that code developed by companies is then reviewed and tested by part timers, who don't get the credit they deserve.
  • Re:Patrons (Score:4, Insightful)

    by JoeMerchant (803320) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @01:24PM (#46151177)

    There are many paths to not needing to earn a living - while 99% of the world may not have the luxury of "room and board, including broadband, covered without working for a paycheck" - that still leaves tens of millions who do.... now, whether or not these are the people you want developing your OS kernel is another question, but if you throw another 99% filter on them, there may still be thousands of people out there who have the means, ability and disposition to write high quality FOSS, and, thankfully, the internet has given them the means to collaborate.

  • Re:Patrons (Score:2, Insightful)

    by NatasRevol (731260) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @01:47PM (#46151533) Journal

    There's a saying.

    "He's the exception that proves the rule."

"Floggings will continue until morale improves." -- anonymous flyer being distributed at Exxon USA