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Who Writes Linux? There Are a Lot of Unknowns

Apr 01, 2008, 13:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"In the beginning, there was Linus Torvalds, a single developer who put together the original Linux kernel. Fast forward to 2008 and Torvalds is no longer the lone Linux developer.

"According to a new report published by the Linux Foundation, as of the 2.6.24 kernel, Torvalds' code represents 0.6 percent of the changes made. Torvalds' Linux now has nearly 1,000 developers working on it, representing over 100 corporations.

"Though there are a lot of individuals involved, the report states that it is the top 10 individual contributors that collectively have contributed 15 percent of kernel changes..."

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