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Google and Samsung have become increasingly frequent contributors to Linux, and each is now among the top 10 companies sponsoring the open source kernel that powers operating systems from mobile devices to desktops and servers.

A new Linux Kernel Development report (informally known as "Who Writes Linux") released today by the Linux Foundation names Samsung and Google as the seventh and eighth most frequent corporate contributors, behind Red Hat, Intel, Texas Instruments, Linaro, SUSE, and IBM. The report covers almost 92,000 changes to Linux from 3,738 individuals since version 3.3 in March 2012.

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Source and full report at Ars.


Good to see that the Google and Samsung are contributing their changes upstream for everyone's benefit. Although not a headline, I (as did the article) find it very interesting that Nvidia's contributions have gone up significantly since Linus' famous rant.

It's also interesting (although not unsurprising) that Microsoft's fleeting interest in Linux has now waned and have disappeared off the table :p

To this day though, I'm still fascinated by the number of developers that commit code into the kernel off on their own (i.e. not as part of their job), even outdoing Redhat that makes the majority of their money selling support for their flavour of Linux.

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:)

Something to tinker with in their free time, I guess

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Something to tinker with in their free time, I guess

Indeed. I'd love to contribute, but I know for damn sure that I wouldn't be good enough :p

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It's also interesting (although not unsurprising) that Microsoft's fleeting interest in Linux has now waned and have disappeared off the table 

 

How do we know they are not part of the unknown group? :p

 

Good for Google and Samsung. Giving back is a good thing. 

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How come I am not on the list :rofl:

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