The “punchcard” tool shows what times commits are made. And here it is for the Linux kernel:
With more and more additions to the kernel coming straight off git pulls, this pattern must reflect rather more than Linus Torvalds‘ own office habits.
It looks like the image of kernel hackers as nerds pulling all-nighters with the help of “rotary debuggers” (see Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution for more of that) is well past its use-by date: building Linux is just a job.
- Linux 3.3 Released, Integrates Android Code (pcworld.com)
- Linux Kernel Gets Hosted At Github (aboutlinux.info)
- With Linux merge, expect Android flowers to bloom (news.cnet.com)