Red Hat leads open source contributions to Linux Kernel

 

Linux distribution vendor Red Hat has streaked ahead as the leading corporate contributor to the ongoing open source project, the Linux Kernel.

According to a recent report conducted by the Linux Foundation, Red Hat has been recognised ahead of open source advocates IBM and Novell as the most active contributor to the ongoing development of the Linux Kernel.

Clocking in with more than 9,000 changes contributed, which constitutes 11.2 percent of the total, Red Hat easily surpassed its nearest corporate contributor, Novell, which came in with just over 7,000 changes (8.9 percent). IBM was next closest with just under 7,000 changes (8.3 percent), while Intel came in with a little over 3,000 changes (4.1 percent).

The report distinguished corporate kernel contributions by affiliating individual developers with corporate identities. These were determined through the use of company email addresses, sponsorship information included in the code they submitted, or simply asking the developers directly.

Not surprisingly, the top individual kernel developers were dominated by Red Hat employees. Al Viro, who topped the list with 1,571 changes (1.9 percent) to the kernel, and David Miller (1520 changes or 1.8 percent) both belong to the Red Hat family.

According to the Linux Foundation's findings during the past three years, the top 10 individual developers have contributed almost 15 percent of the number of changes, while the top 30 developers have contributed 30 percent.

The report’s findings back up a report from September last year by Linux Weekly News which found Red Hat was the most active company contributor both by changesets (12 percent) and by lines changed (12.7 percent) in the development of the 2.6.23 kernel.

Red Hat leads open source contributions to Linux Kernel
 
 
 
Top Stories
Making a case for collaboration
[Blog post] Tap into your company’s people power.
 
Five zero-cost ways to improve MySQL performance
How to easily boost MySQL throughput by up to 5x.
 
Tracking the year of CIO churn
[Blog post] Who shone through in 12 months of disruption?
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Which is the most prevalent cyber attack method your organisation faces?




   |   View results
Phishing and social engineering
  69%
 
Advanced persistent threats
  4%
 
Unpatched or unsupported software vulnerabilities
  10%
 
Denial of service attacks
  6%
 
Insider threats
  11%
TOTAL VOTES: 1085

Vote