Lies, d… oh, forget it

I noticed the recent blog post “Cisco Set to Dominate Linux Market?” (which lwn.net also linked), but the part that caught my eye was:

According to a recent Linux Foundation study, Cisco is already contributing to Linux and currently represents 0.5 percent of changes (which is a good number). I would expect that with the AXP in the market, Cisco’s contribution rate will go up.

Now, I don’t work on AXP or anything related to ISRs, so I have no idea what those groups plan to do with respect to Linux, but it was somewhat amusing to see the Linux Foundation report cited to show how much work CIsco does on the kernel.

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this study cited to show what a kernel development powerhouse Cisco is.  In the report, Cisco is credited with 442 commits to the kernel; however, more than 400 of of those commits are mine, and about 30 are Don Fry maintaining the pcnet32 net driver.  So if you take away my work on InfiniBand/RDMA, Cisco’s contributions to the Linux kernel are pretty minimal.

I’m not sure if I have much of a point except that I wish we really did have more than one or two isolated developers at Cisco really engaged with the upstream kernel.

4 Responses to “Lies, d… oh, forget it”

  1. Richard Chapman says:

    I’m glad for the work the Linux Foundation is doing but my knowledge of it is limited to what I read in the blogs. Anything from a news site I scan with a wary eye. If your numbers are true, and I have little doubt they are, then the record should be set straight. It reinforces my concern that the Linux Foundation is dominated by corporate interests. I welcome corporate involvement. They need to be part of this too. But I do not want to see Linux/Open Source become completely “incorporated”.

    I didn’t know that a required attribute for a kernel developer was the ability to maintain remarkable composure in the face of outlandish insult. I hope this misappropriation of achievement gets corrected soon.

  2. roland says:

    I think you misunderstood my post slightly, so I should clarify that I *do* work for Cisco, and so does Don Fry. So our work is legitimately and correctly attributed as being sponsored by Cisco. The point I was trying to make is that when you look at companies higher up on the Linux Foundation list, such as Red Hat, Novell, IBM, Intel, etc., you see that their contributions are coming from dozens of individuals working on many different things, so it is reasonable to view those companies as heavily engaged with the upstream Linux kernel process.

    On the other hand, 90% of Cisco’s contribution is coming from one developer (me), so were I to leave Cisco, then Cisco’s contribution rate would drop to a negligible level, so it is probably wrong to view Cisco as being engaged with the kernel in the same “corporate” or “strategic” as other companies listed in the report.

    By the way, for many reasons, I do believe that “the ability to maintain remarkable composure in the face of outlandish insult” is very useful for both kernel development and the rest of life….

  3. Richard Chapman says:

    Thank you for clarifying that. I wasn’t paying attention to the facts. Hey, maybe I should be a reporter.

    I feel better now, my faith in kernel development has been restored.

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