Linux Annual Report Released
Linux has just released its annual report, Who Is Writing Linux, a rundown of the companies and individual developers making significant contributions to the Linux kernel.
One factor that stands out to the Linux Foundation is the growing number of large mobile tech companies supporting Linux development by employing developers who work on the FOSS software.
Typically and understandably many Linux committers have come from enterprise-focused IT companies. And those companies, including Oracle, Intel and IBM, still rank high on the list of Linux supporters.
However, this year, the Linux kernel is also seeing a lot of support from companies (and developers embedded at companies) in the mobile page, including TI, Analog Devices, Qualcomm, Nokia and others.
What we're still missing, however, is a strong showing from companies in the web space. Google shows up as the 14th greatest corporate Linux development supporter, but other large web-focused companies, such as Microsoft and Yahoo, are not present in the ranks of companies that support Linux.
Overall, since 2005, around 6,100 individual developers and 600 companies have contributed to the Linux kernel. Here's the breakdown (by kernel version number):
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