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metalab.unc.edu: A Quantitative Profile of a Community of Open Source Linux Developers

Oct 22, 1999, 19:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Jones)

[ Linux Today reader Paul Jones writes: ]

"The University of North Carolina's Open Source Research Team http://metalab.unc.edu/osrt/ has released our first paper analysing the history of contributions to the Linux Archives from 1993 to the present by looking at the Linux Software Maps (LSMs)."

The findings, at http://metalab.unc.edu/osrt/develpro.html , show among other things that:

  • The Archive contributors are European.
  • The Archive continues to grow at a very fast rate (since 1993)
  • That many many people contribute only one or two objects (programs etc) to the Archive rather than a small amount of people contributing many objects.
  • That the systems and apps categories are by far the largest areas of contribution and that games is the smallest. That is Linux developers are a serious sort (mostly).

Read more and enjoy at http://metalab.unc.edu/osrt/develpro.html."