Linux kernel developers have tripled in number

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| The Linux Foundation (LF) has published a study on Linux mainline kernel
| development. According to LF, the number of Linux kernel developers has
| tripled since 2005, with many more companies contributing to the process
| (including, potentially, the latest new LF member, Adobe).

"The number of developers working on improving Linux vastly exceeds the number
of Microsoft developers working on Windows NT."

--Paul Maritz, Microsoft


Linux kernel community grows, but elite group remains

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| Viro has contributed 1,571 changes to the kernel, which sits at the core of
| the Linux operating system, over the past three years, according to a new
| report from the Linux Foundation. That's more than any other individual
| developer, the report states. In contrast, Torvalds, the kernel's creator and
| steward, contributed 495 changes. Viro couldn't be reached for comment about
| the report. * *
| [...]
| But this group of coding superstars sails atop a roiling sea of newer
| community members, notes Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux
| Foundation. Roughly 3,700 developers from more than 200 companies have
| contributed to the kernel since 2005, according to the report. *


Linux contributor base broadens

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| With more companies funding Linux work, the core hackers now delegate
| 70% of the coding

Amazing 3D view of linux kernels..

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| These are 3D renderings of dependencies in the Linux kernel source code.

Linux Will Be Worth $1 Billion In First 100 Days of 2009

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| The kernel development process is adding 2,000 lines of code a day or roughly
| another 160,000 by the end of 2007. By the end of 2008, it will have added
| another 730,000. So the kernel will have close to 6.4 millions lines of code,
| using Wheeler's methodology, at the end of next year. Sometime during the
| first 100 days of 2009, Linux will cross the 6.6 million lines of code mark
| and $1 billion in value.

Microsoft's death knell for Windows Mobile

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| And of course, there's Linux - which already runs on hand-held devices
| without much fuss. That'll be in a much stronger position if and when the x86
| architecture becomes a potent part of portable life.