“Linux Kernel Development: How Fast It is Going, Who is Doing It, What They Are Doing and Who is Sponsoring It,” the fifth such report release close to annually.
The study finds that since the last report, released in April 2012, more than 1,100 developers from 225 companies have contributed to the kernel. Linux kernel 3.10 has seen the most developer contributions ever, according to the report. According to a report last week by Dice, Linux is one of the top skill requests by hiring managers looking to fill open source positions.
Red Hat, Intel, Texas Instruments, Linaro, SUSE, IBM, Samsung and Google are among the top ten organizations supporting the development of the Linux kernel. Among them, Linaro, Samsung and Texas Instruments increased their aggregate contributions from 4.4 percent since the last report, to 11 percent of changes this year.
Microsoft dropped off the list this year after appearing on the list for the first time in 2012.
On average, every day there are 171 changes accepted into the kernel, which translates to 1,200 per week.
“Linux represents the future of how new software and technologies will be built. Understanding how it’s developed is important to the industry,” Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation said in a statement. “This year’s Linux development report represents exponential growth in the community and its pace of development, illustrating how collaboration advances innovation. We are inspired by the work of these thousands of developers and companies that sponsor that work and know they are fueling the future of the technology industry.”