With the 3.4 release of the Linux Kernel getting closer, Jonathan Corbet at LWN.net has recently published the development statistics report, a summary of all patches that have been accepted by Linus Torvalds for this release.
The statistics include listings of the top-contributors, ranked by number of changed lines and number of change-sets, making it the high score list in the Linux kernel development community world.
Having seen the Top 20 list of companies contributing to the Linux kernel, I’m pleased to be able to report that ST-Ericsson ranks #11. Last time in December 2011 we ranked #14, so not only we are becoming a well-recognized regular contributor but we are also improving our standing in the ranks.
While this is good to see from our company’s point of view, I’m even more pleased to observe that all Linaro members are present in the Top 20 (except for ARM, who is well positioned in the ARM-dedicated Top 20). I also appreciate that our most active competitors are well positioned. The added value for the wireless industry of openly sharing technology know-how that was previously proprietary is huge.
Seen from a community point of view, the LWN ranking provides a very good indicator of the maturity and openness of the companies working with Linux software.
We’re all scoring in this business, sharing code with the best of the best.