Mobile firms increase Linux contributions

Mobile companies are increasingly contributing to Linux, underlining the success of the open source software platform in smartphones, a report from the Linux Foundation said.

Mobile firms increase Linux contributions

The report, to be unveiled later today, shows the role of traditional top contributors – Red Hat, Novell and IBM – is slightly decreasing, while companies with a strong mobile Linux focus are becoming increasingly important for the development of the platform.

With the success of Google’s Linux-based Android platform, Linux has become a key force in the smartphone software market.

And earlier this year Intel and Nokia merged their mobile Linux versions into MeeGo, which has reached consumers through one small tablet manufacturer. But the bigger rollout from Nokia itself is expected next year.

Intel has passed Novell and IBM to become the second largest contributor to Linux, while Nokia has risen to the fifth spot.

The report showed that more than 70% of contributions are from developers who are getting paid for their Linux development from corporations who hope to benefit from better software in their core business.

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