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Old 08-19-2013, 11:05 AM   #1
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Linux reaches out to hobbyist developers

Summary: Linux is largely written today by programmers working for large companies, but, keeping in touch with its roots, the Linux Foundation is offering travel expenses to the next Linux Kernel Summit for Linux kernel hobbyist programmers.

Who writes Linux? Is it:

Linus Torvalds and a waddle of penguins.
Graduate students and hackers living in their parents' basements.
Programmers working for major companies including Red Hat, IBM, and Microsoft.

The answer is ... number 3!

Over 75 percent of all Linux kernel development is done by developers who are being paid for their work. Of those, the top 10 corporate contributors to Linux code by percentage of accepted code additions and changes in 2012 were:

No company affiliation: 17.9 percent
Red Hat: 11.9 percent
Novell/SUSE: 6.4 percent
Intel: 6.2 percent
IBM: 6.1 percent
Unknown: 5.1 percent
Consultant: 3.0 percent
Oracle: 2.1 percent
Academia: 1.3 percent
Nokia: 1.2 percent

Microsoft? Yes, it's on the list as number 17. That's largely because of Microsoft's support for Linux into its Azure cloud and Hyper-V virtualization programs.

That said, The Linux Foundation is well aware that there are still programmers who are living on a student's scholarship or are still living in their parents' basement. So, the foundation, wanting to reach out to a younger generation of programmers, is looking for three good developers to send to the next major Linux Kernel Summit in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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