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Mobile developers boost Linux kernel team

Joab Jackson | Nov. 30, 2010
An increasing number of contributions to the open-source Linux kernel are coming from mobile and embedded equipment vendors, according to an annual report about to be released by the Linux Foundation.

The size of the kernel continues to grow, however. The latest version has 13,468,253 lines of code, more than twice the size of 2.6.11, released March 2005, which had 6,624,076 lines of code.

While more than 6,117 developers have contributed to Linux since 2.6.11, their contributions are not equal. Over the past five years, the top 10 individual developers have contributed approximately 10% of the total changes.

Since 2.6.12, Red Hat programmer David S. Miller has contributed the most changes, 2,533, or 1.3% of all changes made to the kernel. Interestingly, Torvalds, who has committed 886 total changes in this time frame, isn't even in the top 30 of contributors.

 

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