Latest Linux Foundation Report Shows IBM and Partners Continue to be Key Contributors to Linux Kernel

IBM and its partners continue to be top contributors to Linux kernel development, according to The Linux Foundation's latest Linux Kernel Development report released earlier this month.

The report was authored by Jonathan Corbet,, Greg Kroah-Hartman, SUSE Labs/ Novell Inc., and Amanda McPherson, The Linux Foundation.

Since 2005, more than 6,100 individual developers from more than 600 different companies have contributed to the Linux kernel, resulting in it becoming a common resource developed on a massive scale by companies that often compete in other areas, The Linux Foundation notes in its report.

First issued in 2008, and subsequently updated in 2009, this latest version of the report shows that there have been 1.5 million lines of code added to the kernel since the 2009 update.

Longtime Linux supporters Red Hat, Intel, Novell, and IBM continue to top the list of companies contributing changes since the 2.6.30 release of the kernel.

In addition, the 2010 report documents an uptick in mobile and embedded companies contributing changes to the kernel. By working with the development process, these companies can ensure that Linux will continue to be "a solid base" for their products going forward, the report points out.

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