Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Jan 2010 16:22 UTC, submitted by Dale Smoker
Linux LWN.net 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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There's nothing wrong...
by olligod on Sun 24th Jan 2010 17:14 UTC
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2010-01-24

...with developers being paid for their work. The Linux kernel still *is* a good cooperative project by different groups / organizations etc. No single corporate board can ever scrap it / "sabotage" it or command a direction that is objectively not good.

If the system doesn't work any more, there may ba a fork at any time.
Look at what happend to xfree86.org. It didn't live up to the needs - and so a fork happend (by X.org of course) and essential took over command of the developing process.

What's more: Commercial interest is both a sign of how attractive the Kernel is as well as a sign of the high level of technology. It is always difficult as an amateur to beat the pros at their own game. Therefore the best contributions seem to come from people who do it FULL TIME, i.e. are still able to feed their respective families at the end of the kernel programming day, aka Pros.

So, Linux pro's - KEEP GOIN' !

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