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SRO: Who Is the Open-Source Community?

Oct 29, 1999, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"UNC study sheds new light on the people behind the movement..."

"The results may not be what you expected. For example, the vast majority of Linux developers only work on one or two programs. There are only four developers with more than 20 contributions and only 13 have more than 10. In other words, open-source development is broad based."

"There are also more open-source developers by the day and the community's rate of work has been expanding faster over the years. In 1998, for example, there were 1,021 total new additions to the open-source base. By June of this year, there were already 804. Seemingly, open source itself, and not just its press coverage, is growing."

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