Linux Foundation updates kernel development study

Approximately 7,800 different developers at around 800 companies have contributed changes to the Linux kernel since Linux 2.6.11 was released in March 2005. Almost 18% of modifications were developed by volunteers who are known to contribute to Linux in their spare time; however, at least 75% were contributed by developers who make their living by working on Linux. These figures are based on the number of changes – this results in a one-line change counting the same as a large patch.

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