July 1, 2013

3.10 Linux Kernel Development Rate

While working on the latest statistics for the yearly Linux Foundation “Who Writes Linux” paper, I noticed the rate-of-change for the 3.10 kernel release that just happened this weekend:

kernel_3.10_rate.png

Every year I think we can’t go faster, and every year I’m wrong.

Note, the “number of employers” row is not correct, I haven’t updated those numbers yet, that takes a lot more work, which I will be doing this week.

Spreadsheet source, and scripts used to generate the numbers, and “cleaned up” kernel logs can be found in my kernel-history repo here.