1Linux Foundation Reports Quickening Pace For Linux Development
Linux continues to advance year-after-year with new kernel releases debuting at a steady rate, adding new lines of code and functionality. On Oct. 25, the Linux Foundation released its 2017 Linux Kernel Development Report detailing precisely how much the Linux kernel has advanced so far in 2017. The 31-page report looks at the development trends from the Linux 4.8 kernel, which was released in October 2016, until the debut of the Linux 4.13 kernel in September 2017. Among the findings in the report is that on average, a new Linux kernel was released every 67.66 days, up marginally from 66 days in 2016. This slideshow looks at some of the highlights of the Linux Foundation’s 2017 Linux Kernel Development Report.
2Six Linux Kernel Releases in 2017
3Intel Is Top Corporate Contributor to Linux
There are many different companies and organizations that contribute code to the Linux kernel. Over the past year, the top identified company that contributed code to Linux is chip giant Intel with 10,833 code change-sets submitted. Remarkably, the second largest amount of code is contributed by category identified in the report as “none,” which are developers contributing on their own with no direct corporate affiliation.
4An Average of 8.5 Changes Submitted to Linux Every Hour
5Linux Kernel Approaching 25 Million Lines of Code
6An Intel Bot Finds the Most Bugs
7Kernel Updates Continue After Release
Each Linux kernel stable release is updated multiple times after Linux creator Linus Torvalds officially designates a given kernel as generally available. A normal kernel release is updated and typically maintained until the first release candidate debuts for the successor kernel. There are also multiple kernels that are considered long term support releases and receive updates for a longer period of time.
8How Much Code Does Linus Torvalds Fit Contribute?
In terms of code contributions Linus Torvalds doesn’t crack the report’s list of the top 30 developers. Torvalds does act as a gatekeeper of sorts for patch sign-offs with 207 patch patches signed by Torvalds from the Linux 4.8 to 4.13 development cycle.