"While Linux is by no means complete, the broad strokes have
been filled in: the operating system, the server software, the
"But at the same time, the stereotype of the lonely programmer
working in the wee hours is seriously outdated. The second
generation of open source projects responds to specific business
demands, and the people building these applications are getting
paid--even if the code they write will be free.
"'The open source developer today is largely a professional
developer who's been at it for 10-plus [years] and is on a
corporate payroll,' said Jeff Hawkins, vice president of Novell's
Linux business office. 'Novell and IBM and HP employ people to work
on open source projects.'
"No stats are available on how much work is being done by
developers on a payroll as opposed to community volunteers. The
picture gets murkier when you try to evaluate the contributions in
terms of lines of code..."