Over 80% of Linux development is done by companies, not volunteers.

If you are an attentive person, regardless of whether you use Linux on the desktop or not, you may have already recognized that the Penguin system is a ubiquitous technology, but you have wondered … who develops this kernel?

As I commented in the first lines of the text, someone is making this kernel that is used "everywhere" and that "some" every day but the volunteer developer.

It has been a long time since Linux has become very serious for many people in the world, it has become a source of income and the improvement in its code, the improvement in its security benefits many companies that using Linux base for various projects, even to Microsoft, however, caught the attention of last year's Linux Foundation report that just over 11% of the code embedded in the Kernel was made by volunteers, ie programmers without pay, and virtually everything else was added through collaboration. from several companies with their programmers obviously paid for it.

Among the major contributor companies with the most prominent Linux kernel are:

Obviously the interest of these companies is to improve Linux to serve their purposes and not necessarily the philosophy of collaborativity, but to those who usually criticize some distros for "leaving" Linux that ends up being another counterpoint, after all if you It connects your hardware nowadays to the system and it is not recognized by the merit only of the volunteer developers who do it for the sake of it, by the way, without wanting to downplay them, of course, but their collaboration is getting smaller every day.

There is no denying that in the previous paragraph I referred to Ubuntu and Canonical who suffer harsh, usually old, user criticism of Linux for condemning certain attitudes of the company, I dealt with this subject in the article. "Ubuntu becomes free software again, we're stuck in freedom" which generated a lot of comments, go through there and take a read if you have a little time inclusive.

"A slap in the face of society"

It is a good report to show that it is possible to make money with Linux, but that this business involving free software and open source software requires a different way of working, not just selling a product but offering services.

This is a good report to show that it is no use how much free software extremists claim that "not the way it should be", the world follows the rule of what "works" regardless of source code, so much so that the most intelligent development model is open source. and not necessarily free software.

But I admit, it would be really cool that most of the software we use every day was actually free, it would be very interesting for everyone who wants to study how it works, maybe the big difficulty of this is how to monetize free software. money with it, but it takes a little more effort and more elaborate work.

Dionatan's Parables

If the software were a pineapple.

Closed Code: "We give you the peeled pineapple, no matter how we make it and how we peel it, just enjoy it." There is a direct sale of a final product.

Open Source: "Here's how we make the pineapple, there are several ways to peel it, we can even give you the pineapple for free but you'll have to buy our super peel knife, or peel it with your fingers." The end product that the company delivers can either be a peeled or unpeeled pineapple, as the first, but possibly the company will win over commodities In addition to the service, such as Google, which uses Linux to make Android, you do not buy Android, you buy the Smartphone and you end up using Google services.

Free software: "Look, here is the pineapple, and here is the best knife we ​​have at the moment, it may not be the best knife and not the best pineapple but you can take it, even, here is the recipe of their production, you can improve if you want and share with others who are interested … we can also offer you a peeled pineapple but it will probably take a while because we can't use a blade made by tramontina. " Free software can be used in a similar way to open source, but nothing prevents your client, which you offer a service, download your program and create a solution of their own, however, they will have to provide this code. improved for others, this creates a workforce for those who create the solution and for those who may possibly maintain, that is, money, but near the other modes of development it is the least certain and as our essentially capitalist world has seen …

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