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75% of Linux code now written by paid developers

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  1. kid41212003

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    http://www.fudzilla.com/content/view/17365/1/

    http://apcmag.com/linux-now-75-corporate.htm
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    Wow! So people want to get paid for the work they do in order to do things like eat and have shelter.

    Is there no shame? :rolleyes:
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    So what if they were paid to do it? Most Linux distros are still free, Linux (as in the kernel), is free.
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    No, it's just they will need to get back the money somehow, and that's mean we "might" see Linux (paying version) on Walmart's shelve next to Windows and Mac OS. :laugh:
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    IT stores do keep boxes of Mandriva and RHEL. Paid Linux has existed all along. Nothing new.
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    Oh.. I thought they only sell to cover the cost for the disc itself, and the inside content is still free... =/
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    No, enterprises buy copies of Red Hat, Novell, etc., which are paid. It's just that RHEL and Novell don't come with gay client licenses, and are cheaper than Windows Server. The paid version of Mandriva has proprietary stuff. Xandros, Linspire, etc have forever tried not to call themselves "distros" since their paid (proprietary/ commercial / profit-seeking) products.

    Linux is a free kernel. But that does not mean everything to do with Linux has to be free and open-source.
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    They sell the support mostly. While most desktop distros come "as is" and the user has Google for support, some (like enterprise level distros or the ones you buy at your local IT store) have costumer service networks that you can use.
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    It is my understanding that what the companies that sell paid versions are charging for is the media and packaging, any proprietary content and tech support (which many corporate customers want). I don't think they can charge for the Kernel (Open Source Licensed).

    I could be wrong.
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    i'm surprised anyone is surprised by this .. are there people who think linux coders are tibetan monks who sit in dark caves with hamster wheel powered computers ?

    it is just smart to cash in on the knowledge you taught yourself over many years

    i also find it interesting that the author at fudzilla talks about "Linux has gotten a total of 2.8 million lines of code" suggesting it is a product like ms windows that is entirely made up from a single codebase. the original source correctly refers to kernel though
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    People tend to associate Linux with an OS, like say Fedora or Ubuntu, which by and large are community efforts. However, Linux is the kernel itself, and lots of people depend on a working and well maintained Linux kernel. Firms like Intel, AMD, nvidia, HP, among others, are constantly contributing code to the kernel and have developers on their payroll who work on Linux.
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    terrible article. is the author referring to just the linux kernel or what? obviously people get paid to code the operating system...
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    Damn, and here I thought Linux was written by a bunch of 30+ year old basement dwellers. :rolleyes:
    Crunching for Team TPU
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    I'm glad someone ELSE is paying them to do it. ;)

    By the way... Hi everyone, I'm new here
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    :eek: They're not?!

    But anyway, I've always been under the impression that the only costs in Linux are for packaging and support. Although they may divert income from those things to pay programmers. I didn't think the intellectual property itself could, by law, be "sold." Am I mistaken?
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    other than a few distros like red hat, you can download and install it free of charge. that also gives you access to whatever open source apps there are. of course you can pay for apps that are created to run on linux.

    this is why the article is terrible. ubuntu is created by an organization called canonical. they have lead developers and programmers that DO get paid. they can be paid to create a free operating system because they also sell other services to other organizations! because ubuntu is open source, anybody can improve upon it, including the kernel. those people are generally not paid, and do it because they enjoy coding and want to contribute the community. fedora is similiar in that it is a bleeding edge version of red hat. it is completely free to install and use and tear apart and people test it and write code for it to improve it for free. suse is run by novell which is owned my microsoft. so consider suse a way for a company like microsoft to have some intellectual capital in the open source game. they pay their developers and basically try and sell suse as an open source option to clients who cant afford the software but can afford some sort of service agreement.
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    they think that because devs get paid a living wage that refutes the argument. the point is the software is (mostly) released free, and has the FREEDOM to be edited if you so wish,

    even if microsoft stopped paying all their devs today, even if they started giving windows away free - it's still closed code and not FREE!!

    looks like someone doesn't even understand the point... (not you op :)
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    I don't believe that the GPL or FOSS was ever in question or the issue here.

    The article brings to light, the fact that most of the
    new Linux (kernel) development has been submitted by
    professional programmers, dispelling the myth that
    an army of non-paid programmers from all over the world
    build Linux for the love of FOSS.

    I do believe this army exists, but more prevalent in
    user applications than in kernel development.
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    any educated person knows that people were paid to develop linux and are paid in greater numbers now because of the wide variety of flavors. it is only a myth to children who still believe there is a santa clause.
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    You're correct, Easy Rhino...
    The Article Title is
    and as I said it brings this fact to light, but it's ashame that we don't have numbers
    on FOSS user applications. With over 20,000 FOSS apps in Debian repository
    and many more on sourceforge, I would expect that most of the smaller projects
    are from independent writers or small groups. I myself have attempted to help
    a few projects through testing and I wasn't paid :( . :laugh:

    Now about Santa, you're just being funny right??
    (Ha! Ha! Ha!) no santa... be serious, of course there is a santa :)


    Here is an interesting read: (dated 2006)
    Proposal to fund Debian reveals debate about developers' motivations
    http://www.linux.com/archive/feed/57294
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    I guess I don't even understand why this is news worthy.
    TPU is a website that give you the latest news and information ... for free !
    But some members of the staff are compensated for their effort.
    Does that somehow make it less viable or less trustworthy?

    Your call.
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    exactly. it is as if the author of the article is trying to discredit the open source movement...
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    Well said Kreij.
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    Yes software is free but to find some one to set it up for you costs money. Microsoft is trying to convince us that if you buy their software with just the plain logic you could set it your self.

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