The Linux Foundation released its annual Kernel Development Report, tracking the amount of changes and contributions to the Linux OS kernel.
The top kernel contributors remain the same: Red Hat, Novell, IBM and Intel. (We will see next year what will happen with Novell as it was acquired last november by another company called Attachmate).
But it is interesting to see yet more mobile and embedded contributors — including AMD, Freescale, Cavium Networks’ MontaVista, Renesas Technology and others.
If we compare this report with August 2009 “Who writes Linux” report, for example, micro-controller producer Renesas rises from 12th place to 9th place this year, and Nokia jumps from 25th place to 15th place.
The Linux Foundation understand these contributions as those companies ship Linux as a component of their hardware products like video cameras, television sets, mobile telephones… and working with the development process helps these companies ensure that Linux will continue to be a solid base for their products in the future.