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Linux is mostly for pros 25 years after the kernel was created

2 Sep, 2016 09:00 am

Linux has emerged as the software of choice underpinning everything outside of PC boxes from smartphones to financial transaction systems after Linus Torvalds wrote a quarter of a century ago that the open source code was intended for volunteers and hobbyists.

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Instead, over 90 percent of Linux development is done by professionals, while just a fraction of unpaid volunteers contribute to the open source project. 

According to a report, "Even if one assumes that all of the 'unknown' contributors are working on their own time, well over 80 percent of all kernel development is demonstrably done by developers who are being paid for their work."
TAKEAWAY TRENDEmployment statistics show that Linux code and software is primarily written by professional developers, who are also in tight supply given the demand for their talents.
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