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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I'm confused...
by jakesdad on Sun 24th Jan 2010 17:51 UTC
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How is this a bad thing?

It's still a community project.

I look out my home windows to my town and guess what, there are companies and businesses. You know what they are doing? Paying people in the community in which I live. I and most other people consider these companies part of the community. The community would be upset if the businesses left. Go to any city, town, municipality in the US that has had all the businesses leave it and you will see a decimated community.

I don't see how this is undermining the community. It seems to be extending it. The companies have the resources to apply the code to their products and extend the usefulness of the code to the community at large. But now complaints are levied when more companies develop the code for their products and pay coders to do it. I would think that developers now have time to focus on the code since they are now paid to do it. They aren't doing it as a side job or a hobby. Focus can create better code. Being paid can also facilitate purchases of gear that can lead to knew projects for the community.

But whatever... Seasons change, people don't.

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