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Who writes Linux: Big Business


The Linux Foundation has just released a new report on who writes Linux (PDF Link) and, guess what? Linux isn’t written by lonely nerds hiding out in their parent’s basements. It’s written by people working for major companies-many of them businesses that you probably don’t associate with Linux.

To be exact, while 18.2% of Linux is written by people who aren’t working for a company, and 7.6% is created by programmers who don’t give a company affiliation, everything else is written by someone who’s getting paid to create Linux. From top to bottom, of the companies that have contributed more than 1% of the current Linux kernel the list looks like this:

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