Linux 4.7 Shows How Far the Open-Source OS Has Come in 25 Years

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2016-08-23

This year marks a special anniversary for Linux, as the open-source operating system turns 25. What started out as the effort of a single man has grown into a massive distributed effort, benefiting from the contributions of hundreds of companies and thousands of developers. At this year’s LinuxCon North America conference, the Linux Foundation released the latest edition of the Linux Kernel Development report, providing insight into the latest kernel development. The 2016 report highlights development efforts spanning from the Linux 3.19 kernel, which was released Feb. 9, 2015, to the Linux 4.7 kernel released July 24. The previous version of the report debuted in March 2015 and focused on the Linux 3.11 to 3.18 kernel releases. Since March 2015, innovation in the Linux kernel has further accelerated: During the new report period, an average of 7.8 changes were accepted into the Linux kernel every hour, up from 7.71 in the last report. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at the highlights of the 25th anniversary edition of the Linux Kernel Development report.


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