Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Jan 2010 16:22 UTC, submitted by Dale Smoker
Linux founder and kernel contributor Jonathan Corbet offered an analysis of the code contributed to the Linux kernel between December 24 2008 and January 10 2010. 18% of contributions were made without a specific corporate affiliation, 7% weren't classified, and 75% were from people working for specific companies in roles where developing that code was a major requirement. "75% of the code comes from people paid to do it," Corbet said.
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by Xaero_Vincent on Sun 24th Jan 2010 16:52 UTC
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The Linux kernel has become so big and complicated that only those paid have much incentive to work full time on the project. In addition, there are strict requirement before code is accepted into the mainline kernel. Not just any casual hacker will get their contributions accepted.

Distribution specific, non-vanilla kernels likely have many more kernel patches and driver contributions from non-paid community developers; its just these aren't accepted in the mainline kernel and thus aren't counted.

Edited 2010-01-24 16:53 UTC

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