The report, authored by Linux Weekly News editor Jonathan Corbet and senior kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman, is the seventh such compilation. In this report, changes from the 3.19 kernel onwards are covered until the 4.7 release; the earlier six reports track changes all the way back to 2005.
The changes are tracked using a tool called gitdm, written by Corbet.
There are new kernel releases every two to three months, with new features, support for more devices and improved performance. Each release includes the work of more than 1600 developers who work for 200+ corporations.
Corbet and Kroah-Hartman write that this is probably due to the fact that "kernel developers are in short supply, so anybody who demonstrates an ability to get code into the mainline tends not to have trouble finding job offers".
Among the companies which made the most contributions to the development since version 3.19, Intel topped the list with 14,384 changes submitted by its developers. The top 10 on this list contributed 54% of the changes.
New developers who contributed during the period covered by the report totalled 2355, of whom 1245, or just more than half, were already working for a company when they made their first code contributions. Once again, Intel led the way with 205 new developers.
The Outreachy programme, which helps people from under-represented groups secure free and open source software internships, introduced 17 new developers to the kernel community.
There are lots of other statistics in the report which can be downloaded free from the Linux Foundation website after registration.