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Microsoft among top 20 companies contributing to the Linux Kernel

The Linux Foundation is releasing its annual Linux Development report today, with increases in overall activity, paid development, and Microsoft’s involvement detailed

The latest development report from the Linux Foundation has been released, discussing the changes in developers and development during the past 16 months, and how they stack up to the data from previous years as well.

Some of the highlights of the report include a general increase in contributions to the Linux Kernel, with more patches and commits coming in from developers than ever before. Also, companies with paid staff are now contributing 75% of all development, with Red Hat topping the list of companies giving the most support. There was a surprise as Microsoft ranked at number 17 on the list of contributing companies, showing that growth of Linux is hard to ignore even for the guys at Redmond.

The full report can be downloaded from the Linux Foundation website, and covers the time period from December 2010 to present. You can watch a video produced by the Linux Foundation covering the report on YouTube.