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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RE[3]: How is this a bad thing?
by strcpy on Sun 24th Jan 2010 19:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: How is this a bad thing?"
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Well, the random hacker may be unable to keep on maintaining the contributed code.


Except that you need someone from the same company to maintain the code contributed by the same company due to the all NDA shit you have there.

Sorry for my french.


Apart from that, if you can hack kernel code, chances are good that someone is willing to hire you to do exactly that.


Sure, nothing wrong in that. As I said, this is more of a cultural thing. And this might even be a disincentive for companies to release code as open source if it implies that they have to maintain it by themselves. Just look at something like OpenOffice.org.

Of course, ups, I did bad again, I criticized Linux.

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