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: I'm confused...
by Brendan on Mon 25th Jan 2010 05:31 UTC in reply to "I'm confused..."
Brendan
Member since:
2005-11-16

Hi,

How is this a bad thing?


Is Linux "free"?

If a company like Intel is paying programmers to write code for Linux, then where do you think that cash comes from? If Intel adds a small amount to the price of each CPU to cover this cost, then everyone that buys an Intel CPU is paying for (a very small part of) Linux.

If 100 hardware companies add a small amount to the price of their hardware to cover the cost of paying for Linux developers; then maybe a complete computer costs $1000 instead of $999, where the extra $1 is helping to pay for Linux development.

If you buy some cheese at an online shop that happens to pay Red Hat for support, then maybe a tiny part of the price of that cheese ends up (indirectly) paying for Linux development.

It's like there's a tiny hidden "Linux tax" built into the price of lots of different things, where you pay this "Linux tax" whether you use Linux or not.

So, how much of your cash has (indirectly) gone into Linux development? It's very hard to guess what Linux is costing you, but it definitely isn't "free".

Of course none of this is "bad" (and the "Windows tax" is probably a lot worse).

The only thing that's really "bad" here is stupid people who expect something for nothing. These stupid people should be forced to spend a few hours each year doing unpaid work - maybe making meals and doing housework for those unpaid Linux volunteers responsible for the other 25% of Linux development. :-)


- Brendan

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RE[2]: I'm confused...
by nt_jerkface on Mon 25th Jan 2010 07:24 in reply to "RE: I'm confused..."
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

These stupid people should be forced to spend a few hours each year doing unpaid work - maybe making meals and doing housework for those unpaid Linux volunteers responsible for the other 25% of Linux development. :-)


Screw that, send them to work camp for 6 months to write manuals and help files. We'll call it the software entitlement re-education camp. Constantly barrage them with inane feature requests and hit them with a cane if they complain about having to work late into the night on a diet of Mountain Dew and Cheetos.

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RE[2]: I'm confused...
by siride on Mon 25th Jan 2010 15:37 in reply to "RE: I'm confused..."
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

If you follow that line of reasoning, everything has a "tax" for some other corporation or technology. You are basically pointing out the utterly uninteresting fact that the money you give to pay for something is in turn spent on paying other people to do things.

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