From time to time, Nick Carr of Red Hat, and I have a conversation about the state of things. During this discussion, he mentioned a very interesting Linux Foundation paper titled Linux Kernel Development How Fast it is Going, Who is Doing It, What They are Doing, and Who is Sponsoring It: An August 2009 Update.
Quite a while ago, Linux Kernel development was largely being done by academicians, hobbyists and a very few representatives of corporations. As the paper points out, that is no longer the case. Here's a list of the top 10 contributors to the Linux Kernel.
|Company ||Percent of Total Contributions|
|Red Hat ||12.0%|
Are you surprised?