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Linux development community continues to grow

More than 1,000 programmers are currently working on the Linux kernel, a number that has grown 10% since 2008, indicates a report by The Linux Foundation released yesterday. In the last year, 2.7 million lines of code were added.

The report “Linux Kernel Development: How Fast is it Going, Who is doing it and Who is Sponsoring it?” updates the April 2008 data and, according to the authors, shows the vitality of the Linux ecosystem.

“The report shows that the pace of Linux development continues to increase, with more individuals and companies supporting the development of the Linux kernel,” writes Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation.

The 2.7 million lines of code added in the last year correspond to an already “filed” number, because the report indicates that about 10,923 lines of code are added every day, but that an average of 5,527 are also removed at the same time. pace, ensuring the quality of the Linux kernel.

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The same study indicates that the programmers’ activity resulted in an average of 5.4 patches accepted per hour, an increase of 42% compared to data from the original study.

More than 70% of contributions to the kernel come from programmers working at companies like Red Hat, IBM, Novell, Intel, Oracle, Fujitsu and other leading Linux advocates who use code improvement as a competitive advantage.

According to the analysis of the report’s authors, this acceleration of Linux development can be attributed to the growth in demand in emerging markets, namely in netbooks, the automotive industry and energy, as well as the preparation of a new cycle of kernel development.