Linux by the numbers: Contributions, jobs, adoption

The Linux kernel's pace of development is hastening, as demand for Linux pros keeps growing


By Jason Snyder, InfoWorld


Recent surveys conducted by the Linux Foundation reveal vibrant development and a healthy job economy for Linux skills. For in-depth analysis of the challenges and opportunities for Linux going forward, see Serdar Yegalulp's "The future of Linux: Evolving everywhere."



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The average kernel development cycle has remained fairly constant since the release of Linux kernel 2.6.11, averaging about 80 days, though recent cycles have been completed in less than 70. The amount of activity, however, has increased dramatically, with nearly 12,000 patches being committed to Linux kernel 3.1.


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