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LWN: Who Wrote 2.6.20?

Mar 01, 2007, 18:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet)

"It is not uncommon to see Linux referred to as a volunteer-created system, as opposed to the corporate-sponsored, proprietary alternatives. There has been little research, however, into how much work on Linux is truly 'volunteer'--done on a hacker's spare, unpaid time. In general, the assumption that Linux is created by volunteers is simply accepted.

"Determining the real provenance of free software can be a daunting task. There is a wealth of information available for those who look, however. In an attempt to shine some light in this area, your editor hacked up some scripts to do a lot of digging around in the kernel git repository. The idea was that, by looking at who is putting changes into the kernel, we can get a sense for where our source is coming from..."

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