Some development statistics for 2.6.27
Posted Oct 10, 2008 11:45 UTC (Fri) by hppnq
In reply to: Some development statistics for 2.6.27
Parent article: Some development statistics for 2.6.27
If you would like to conclude anything about the Free Software market from
these numbers, please knock yourself out. In the end, of course, it is not
the statistics that are actually going to achieve world domination. It will
still be the developers. It is their code. The great thing is, I can take
it, and I can use it freely.
But by your reasoning, if a certain torvalds, cox, viro, mingo or davem (to
name just a few) decide to go work for whitehouse.gov because of the lovely
climate in DC, Linux might all of a sudden be an OS sponsored by the US
That's why I find these statistics and their interpretations amusing,
nothing more, nothing less. It is certainly not rock solid science. But
people will try to sell it like that, of course.
If you would simply look at the statistics for the last couple of releases,
you would see that there is a quite limited number of recurring companies
that by and large seem to contribute quite a bit, and that we all know, and
a huge contribution
that cannot be categorized at all. Although undoubtedly all kinds of
companies are nowadays much more involved in some way in Linux kernel
which is great, the process is still very much a triumphant example of Free
Software development, which is greater.
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