Linux Development: 7 Surprising Facts About Who Writes Linux Apps

By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2013-09-16

The Linux kernel got its start 22 years ago with the work of Finnish software developer Linus Torvalds. Over the past two decades, Torvalds' project has grown significantly as an increasing number of developers have joined him in the development of Linux. Linux development isn't just an individual developer activity however, as corporate development and contributions have played a key role in the evolution of Linux. As opposed to being written by any one developer or company, Linux is written by all those developers and companies that contribute code. In an effort to quantify and identify who all those contributors are, the Linux Foundation issues an annual "Who Writes Linux" report that details the state of Linux growth and code contributions. The 2013 version of the report being released this week once again shows continued growth in terms of the volume of contributions and the number of people who are making those code contributions. With the help of data from the Linux Foundation, eWEEK takes a look at some of the facts about who is actually writing Linux and what they are writing in 2013.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at, the news service of, the network for technology professionals.

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