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Who wrote 2.6.33

Who wrote 2.6.33

Posted Feb 11, 2010 6:27 UTC (Thu) by dlang (subscriber, #313)
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I'm impressed that the amount of changes from people known to not be paied to work on the kernel remains so high.

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Who wrote 2.6.33

Posted Feb 11, 2010 12:35 UTC (Thu) by bmr (guest, #33167) [Link]

Isn't it more that they are not known to be paid than that they are known not to be paid? Not sure I've seen anything that clarified this one way or another so sorry if I missed something!


Posted Feb 11, 2010 15:20 UTC (Thu) by corbet (editor, #1) [Link]

The "None" figure is people who are known to be working on their own time - they have told us so. Those we don't know about are the "Unknown" number instead.


Posted Feb 12, 2010 0:21 UTC (Fri) by nevets (subscriber, #11875) [Link]

How many are college students? When people think of working on their own time, you can imagine an engineer that is doing one job during the day and hacking on Linux at night.

Even though, I started as that type of work with Linux, today I bet a lot of it is professors using Linux as a learning tool and then those students get hooked on working on the kernel. It's not that they are not paid to do it, it may more likely be that they are not yet paid to do it.

I believe that Frederic Weisbecker falls under this category.


Posted Feb 12, 2010 2:04 UTC (Fri) by eparis123 (guest, #59739) [Link]

It's not that they are not paid to do it, it may more likely be that they are not yet paid to do it.

I've personally been in this category and been contacted by Greg, where I replied being in the 'enthusiast' group. Yes, I'm a college student, but I did all my patches without any outside influence.

How come you want to consider this as 'paid' work?


Posted Feb 12, 2010 3:06 UTC (Fri) by nevets (subscriber, #11875) [Link]

I don't consider it paid work. I was just saying that the OP was surprised that the "(None)" was still at the top. My point is that I'm not surprised. I would be surprised if most of those in the "(None)" group were not college students.

I'm actually quite happy to see that number so high, for the same reason I used the word "yet". Because I know with such a large knowledge base coming up, there will be no limit to how far Linux will go. This "(None)" group will soon be in the paid to do Linux group, and hopefully there will be more inspiring new engineers joining that "(None)" group where it will always be at the top.


Posted Feb 17, 2010 20:45 UTC (Wed) by nlucas (subscriber, #33793) [Link]

I'm one in the "(None)" group too, with a one-liner patch to fix a
regression on a driver. Although I've done it as a paid worker, the kernel
is not what I work with. Just come across that bug when trying to understand
why a piece of hardware we use stopped working.

I don't consider that as paid kernel work, just a one time contribution by
sheer luck.

I'm sure there are lots of people like me in that situation.

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