August 20, 2009

Linux Kernel Development Speeds Up

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The pace of development, measured in terms of patches accepted every hour, was 42 percent faster than it had been in the first Who Writes Linux report. Between the 2.6.24 and the 2.6.30 releases, there were 5.45 patches accepted every hour, for an average of 10,923 lines of code added every day, the Foundation said.

New code contributions have included additional hardware support as well as operating system features such as next-generation filesystems like BTRFS.

While new code is added, old code is also pruned away. The report found that an average of 5,547 lines of code are removed every day...

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