Linux Kernel Development

The Linux kernel is one of the most popular Open Source development projects, and yet not much attention has been placed on who is doing this development, who is sponsoring this development, and what exactly is being developed. This paper should help explain some of these facts by delving into the kernel changelogs and producing lots of statistics.

This paper will focus on the kernel releases of the past two and 1/3 years, from the 2.6.11 through the 2.6.21 release.


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