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Old 04-03-2012, 12:50 AM   #1
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LXer: Microsoft makes Top 20 list of Linux kernel contributors


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The Linux Foundation has released its annual report on the state of the software, and reports that Microsoft has made it into the Top 20 of companies that sponsor development of the Linux kernel quite a change for the operating system Steve Ballmer used to dismiss as a cancer. For contributions made to the kernel since version 2.6.36, Microsoft ranks 17th, with Redmond's contribution estimated at 1 per cent of the whole. The top contributing companies were Red Hat, Intel, and Novell. Samsung and Texas Instruments were also named as fast-growing contributors, reflecting an increase in interest in Linux for mobile and embedded systems.

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Does anybody have a link with that numbers? I can't find that report on the net.
 
Old 04-03-2012, 07:13 AM   #3
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It could be a late April fools joke ...

I can't find the numbers.
 
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Found the study here (PDF): http://go.linuxfoundation.org/who-writes-linux-2012
 
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Thanks, it is an interesting paper.

M$ probably just added themselves to the list for other reasons, they will probably drop out soon.

From the paper I see that Red Hat and Intel are the most constant companies that contribute at a high level. Of course, volunteers contribute the most.
 
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M$ probably just added themselves to the list for other reasons, they will probably drop out soon.
Microsoft is on that list because they made a huge effort to get the drivers for their hypervisor into the kernel. When that is done and the effort goes back to maintenance work they will for sure drop out of that list.
 
  


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