The Linux Foundation Releases Latest Linux Kernel Development Report

The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, released its latest report on kernel development. The report covers work completed through the Linux kernel 3.2 release, with an emphasis on the releases made since the last update to the report in December 2010 (2.6.36 to 3.2). The report was authored by Jonathan Corbet,; Greg Kroah-Hartman, The Linux Foundation; and Amanda McPherson, The Linux Foundation.

According to the new report, more than 7,800 developers from almost 800 different companies have contributed to the Linux kernel since tracking began in 2005. And just since the last report, more than 1,000 developers representing nearly 200 companies have contributed to the kernel. The report shows that 75% of all kernel development is done by developers who are being paid for their work. Longtime Linux supporters Red Hat, Intel, Novell, and IBM are among the top 10 organizations sponsoring Linux kernel development since the last report (or Linux kernel 2.6.36)

To download the full report, visit The Linux Foundation's Publications website.