The Linux Kernel Continued Growing In 2016Q1: +500k L.O.C.

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 7 April 2016 at 12:57 AM EDT. 8 Comments
With the first quarter being through at just around the time of the Linux 4.6 kernel merge window being done, I was curious to run some Git statistics on the Linux kernel code-base.

The latest numbers this week for the Linux kernel Git code-base peg the total file count as 53,647, 21,414,097 lines of code, 588,744 commits, and these commits were done by 15,150 authors.

In 2016 there have been 15,821 commits so far that did +1749701 lines and 1196552 deletions or so far through Linux 4.6 the Linux kernel has increased by over five hundred thousand lines (553,149).

Among the most prolific contributors to the mainline Linux kernel this year aside from Linus Torvalds himself have been Arnd Bergmann, Mark Brown, Oleg Drokin, David Miller, Nadav Amit, and others.

Those curious to go through more Linux kernel development statistics for the data to date can find the raw GitStats output as of this week via this archived directory. For those wondering about the features added/improved upon with the half million plus lines of code this year, there was Linux 4.5 with The Many New Features & Improvements Of The Linux 4.5 Kernel and the current development cycle with Linux 4.6 Set To Bring A Significant Number Of New Features.
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