The Linux Foundation releases annual kernel development report

The Linux Foundation has released its 2017 Linux Kernel Development Report. This year’s paper covers work completed through Linux kernel 4.13, with an emphasis on releases 4.8 to 4.13.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Roughly 15,600 developers from more than 1,400 companies have contributed to the Linux kernel since the adoption of Git made detailed tracking possible.
  • The top ten organizations sponsoring Linux kernel development include Intel, Red Hat, Linaro, IBM, Samsung, SUSE, Google, AMD, Renesas and Mellanox.
  • The average number of changes accepted into the kernel per hour is 8.5, which translates to 204 changes every day and over 1,400 per week.

This is the eighth such report that is released on a roughly annual basis.

[Image courtesy: The Linux Foundation]

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