Influence in the Linux Kernel Community

  • Timo Aaltonen
  • Jyke Jokinen
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-72486-7_16

Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 234)
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Aaltonen T., Jokinen J. (2007) Influence in the Linux Kernel Community. In: Feller J., Fitzgerald B., Scacchi W., Sillitti A. (eds) Open Source Development, Adoption and Innovation. OSS 2007. IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing, vol 234. Springer, Boston, MA


Several success stories of open source (OS) products have been seen during last decade. Due to the economical importance of the products, it is important to know who are the ones who have the largest influence to the products. Is there a dominant player in developing communities? In this paper1 the aspect is studied with respect to the Linux Kernel community. We show that the influence is centered to a small number of core people, and corporates have a large impact to the development. Moreover, we enumerate the most influential companies.

Key words

data mining Linux kernel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timo Aaltonen
    • 1
  • Jyke Jokinen
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Software SystemsTampere University of TechnologyTampere

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