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Linux Kernel Maintainers: Accountable To All, Beholden To None?

Nov 27, 2007, 19:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

"The Linux kernel is surrounded by hundreds of interested parties. How is it that none of them gains a commanding influence over the kernel's development priorities? HP, IBM, Oracle, Google, eBay and Intel each has a primary stake in Linux and employs kernel developers. Does this mean money talks when it comes to Linux? If not, why not?

"Linux is 'part of HP's mainstream business compared to just a few years ago,' acknowledges Randy Hergett, director of HP engineering for open source and Linux..."

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