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]: I'm confused...
by nt_jerkface on Tue 26th Jan 2010 02:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I'm confused..."
nt_jerkface
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The vast majority of people working on free software are unpaid volunteers.


But for the most successful projects the majority of the programmers are paid. The million man myth is that there are a million GPL programmers waiting to jump on any open source project. As we saw with OpenOffice that isn't the case. OpenOffice in fact has a shortage of volunteers.

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