The Other Companies Participating The Most In Mesa/DRI Discussions
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 9 July 2015 at 02:49 PM EDT. 3 Comments
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Earlier today I wrote about how Intel has a lot of Linux graphics developers (likely 30~50) and is by far the company with the most active developers working on the open-source graphics stack. Here's some other numbers as part of the mailing list parsing for the other active companies, including NVIDIA, AMD, and Samsung.

The earlier article was just focused on figuring out roughly how many Intel developers are involved with their current graphics group. In parsing the mailing lists, here are the number of email addresses associated with each company that were active on the DRI development list (dri-devel) over the past six months:
27 intel.com
15 linux.intel.com
13 samsung.com
10 redhat.com
10 linaro.org
10 nvidia.com
8 amd.com
7 freescale.com
7 pengutronix.de
7 codeaurora.org
6 kernel.org
6 rock-chips.com
The ones less than six were cut off. Intel dominates the DRI-devel discussions to no surprise followed by Samsung with thirteen different email addresses / people there dealing with this popular mailing list over the past half-year. Interestingly, there were ten NVIDIA email addresses listed while only eight for AMD.

Here's a six-month mailing list domain look for the Mesa-dev list:
26 intel.com
6 linux.intel.com
5 vmware.com
5 igalia.com
3 amd.com
3 collabora.co.uk
2 chromium.org
2 nvidia.com
2 google.com
Of course, with all of these companies, there are also some developers that just use their personal email addresses for professional mailing list discussions, so take these results as you wish. Intel certainly dominates for both DRI and Mesa discussions.

AMD's open-source driver staff is currently much smaller; as far as the Catalyst team overall goes, I've heard unofficially in the past that they have around 200 developers but who knows how accurate that is these days. However, at least they have committed open-source developers involved and have been working hard on their Linux graphics stack. NVIDIA's open-source graphics discussions have primarily been around Nouveau with regard to Tegra enablement.

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