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Dublin_Gunner Jan 22, 2010, 08:15am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 22, 2010, 08:16am EST

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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:

18% of contributions to the kernel were made without a specific corporate affiliation, suggesting true volunteer efforts. An additional 7% weren't classified.



"75% of the code comes from people paid to do it," Corbet said.


Red Hat topped that chart with 12%, followed by Intel with 8%, IBM and Novell with 6% each, and Oracle 3%.


http://apcmag.com/linux-now-75-corporate.htm


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Jan 22, 2010, 10:30am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Linux not so free afer all??
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 ... :P

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 ...

Dublin_Gunner Jan 22, 2010, 10:54am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Well I certainly have no problem with the fact that some professional developers are paid to develop code for the kernel. In fact, I would have taken that as a given.

My surprise was that the vast majority of the code seems to be written by paid for, professional developers.

I would have assumed that number to be far lower.

Where does the funding for this come from? Contributions? Advertising? Sponsorship?

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Dublin_Gunner (64526) said on Jan 22, 2010 at 07:54am PST:
My surprise was that the vast majority of the code seems to be written by paid for, professional developers.

Yeah, I suppose that is somewhat surprising, 75% is certainly more than I would have expected as well.

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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.

john albrich Jan 22, 2010, 08:06pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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McFly said:
...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.

Nathan Daniels May 08, 2012, 11:52am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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This proves the theory that money is the ultimate motivator in open-source, not some righteous idealism.

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Dr. Peaceful May 08, 2012, 12:54pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Who cares... as long as it's free for us! XD

Plus it's a good thing that it's written by paid professionals. And you can see these companies do need Linux, otherwise they wouldn't put cash into it.


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