Doesn't that unfairly credit employers? The example you gave seemed to imply there might be small pieces the employers didn't pay for but what if that firstname.lastname@example.org doesn't get paid by IBM for ANY of the code he contributes to the kernel? Maybe he works on viavoice for IBM and writes kernel code as a hobby and IBM just signed off on it?
A developer of kernel quality probably works for a large firm that is open source friendly enough to sign off on it. But that doesn't mean they are actually paid by that company to code for the kernel. An ibm.com email address is as likely to designate someone working on project x as someone IBM is paying for their kernel contributions.
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