Monday, August 24, 2009

Red Hat, IBM, Novell Major Contributors to Exploding Linux Kernel Development

The Linux Foundation reports that 2.7 million lines of code have been added to the Linux kernel over the past 16 months. The open source project now has more than 11.5 million lines of code. The number of lines added, removed, and changed each day has increased 70 percent, 68 percent, and 32 percent, respectively, from the previous report in April 2008. And the number of developers contributing to each kernel release cycle, which comes every two to three months, has risen about 10 percent. More than 5,000 individual developers from nearly 500 companies have contributed to the kernel, and the greatest support continues to come from Red Hat, IBM, and Novell. Participation from the individual development community has doubled over the past three years. The increasing rate of change and jump in contributors is a sign of a "vibrant and active community, constantly causing the evolution of the kernel in response to a number of different environments it is used in," the report says. The foundation also suggests the pace of development will continue to accelerate

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