Dublin_Gunner (64526) said on Jan 22, 2010 at 05:15am PST:
Well this certainly surprised me.
Not that there are devs paid to write code for Linux (particularly for hardware support) - but the percentage of contributors who are paid devs:
Wow, somebody actually posted something new in the dusty old Linux forum ...
I don't think there is anything wrong with paying programmers to develop free software, and I don't think that it makes the Linux kernel any "less free." Although Richard Stallman is a little bit too hard-core for me, there isn't anything in the GNU Manifesto that says people shouldn't be allowed to get paid to develop free software.
And those companies listed (Red Hat, Intel, IBM, Novell and Oracle) have a good reputation in the field. Most notably Red Hat and IBM. I'm just glad Lenovo didn't take over IBM's Linux kernel development ...
This is pretty surprising to me. Although, I don't really think that there's anything wrong with it. Having to "keep up" with OS X and Windows is a full time job. Sure you could program on the side, but that would take up a lot of free time in order to have a steady pace.
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Dublin_Gunner (64526) said on Jan 22, 2010 at 07:54am PST:
Where does the funding for this come from? Contributions? Advertising? Sponsorship?
I'm pulling this out of my ass, but I suppose that a company like IBM could justify spending the money on developing Linux by actually using it as opposed to rolling out and supporting a commercial OS like Windows. I have no idea if that is the case, but just a thought.
...I suppose that a company like IBM could justify spending the money on developing Linux by actually using it as opposed to rolling out and supporting a commercial OS like Windows. I have no idea if that is the case, but just a thought.
IBM has a long history of providing extremely high quality, high functionality Unix and Unix-derivative OS platforms...although their programmers do tend to have incredible egos and many have problems recognizing they make mistakes. I'm comfortable (for now) with its being involved in Linux development.
I'm 100% thankful that it wasn't spun-off to Lenovo...for several reasons, including security.