Who Writes Linux and Who Supports It
According to Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation:
“Never before in the history of computing have there been so many companies, users and developers united behind one project, specifically one that has seen so much commercial success.”
• Who is Writing Linux?
- Every Linux kernel is being developed by nearly 1,000 developers working for more than 100 different corporations. This is the foundation for the largest distributed software development project in the world.
- Since 2005, the number of active kernel developers has tripled, reflecting the growing importance of Linux in the embedded systems, server, and desktop markets.
- Between 70 and 95 percent of those developers are being paid for their work, dispelling the “hobbyist” myth present from the start of open source development.