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Kernel version 4.6 saw an astounding 13, 517 patches merged in 63 days - just shy of the record set by version 3.15 at 13, 722 patches on June 8, 2014.

But, changes to the kernel kept up their breakneck pace over the past 15 months, with more than 3 million lines of code added to the Linux kernel at a rate of 7.8 changes per hour.

“The ability to sustain this rate of change for years is unprecedented in any previous public software project, ” according to the report.

The seventh edition of this report details the developers contributing to the kernel, the companies they work for, and the most significant changes made to the code and the development process since kernel version 3.18. The data mostly covers development since the last report was released in March 2015 - versions 3.19 to 4.7 - but some statistics go back to 2005 when development moved to the Git repository, and even back to Linus Torvalds’ first release in 1991.

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Linux

At almost 22 million lines of code and a new release happening every 9-10 weeks, the Linux kernel is one of the largest, fastest moving open source projects in the history of technology. It’s also one of the most important as the core of the Linux operating system, which runs most of modern technology - from Android phones and Chromebooks, to nuclear submarines, the space station, global stock exchanges, and much more.

What started as Torvalds’ passion project has evolved over the past 25 years into a collective effort to build and maintain the code by thousands of developers employed by hundreds of companies.

“Clearly, the kernel developers are doing something right, ” reads the report. “This report provides an update on what those developers have been doing and why they continue to be successful.”

Here are some of the highlights from the report, compiled from Git and analyzed by LWN Editor Jon Corbet and Linux kernel maintainer and Linux Foundation Fellow Greg Kroah-Hartman. Download the full report for more in-depth data and analysis.

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