From a corporate perspective, there are many participants in the Linux kernel community that work for rival companies. Yet even though the different companies are competitors, things still get done and Linux kernel development is not driven by the objectives of any one individual company.
Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman is currently employed as a fellow at the Linux Foundation, though he previously worked for years at Novell.
“I used to tell people that our engineering department is our competitor,” Kroah-Hartman said. “It’s that simple, we can’t do this alone and we have to rely on them.”