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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One of the benefits of GPL
by darkstego on Sun 24th Jan 2010 17:38 UTC
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This is the reason that Linus believes that releasing Linux code under GPL is one of best things he ever did. Corporations were pretty much forced into contributing. Because of all the money they make on the back end they really don't see a problem paying more and more developers to work on it.

Before Linux, the concept of giving away code made no sense to corporations. Its good to see that these ideas, even in businesses, have evolved, even if it is just slightly.

Edited 2010-01-24 17:40 UTC

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