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Linux: One Million Code Commits Over 29 years

By Dick Weisinger

Linux may not be the operating system that’s easiest to use for end users, but as a server OS, it ranks as the most widely used. All 500 of the world’s fastest supercomputers use Linux. Linux is even more widely used on Microsoft’s Azure cloud than Windows Server.

Linux has been available for 29 years and over that time gotten source code commits from over 20,000 contributors. In August 2020 the number of source code control commits crosses the one million mark, according to the 2020 Linux Kernel History Report.

More than half the code in the current Linux kernel was written over the last seven years, but some code from the original kernel released in 1991 still exists.

Jonathan Corbet and Greg Kroah-Hartman, wrote that “Linux has come to dominate nearly every market it enters, including cloud, mobile, embedded, and supercomputing. This remarkable and sustained growth wouldn’t be possible without the rapid evolution of the Linux kernel and dedication of the kernel community.”

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