“Since LWN has published statistics on who wrote the Linux
kernel, I thought readers might also be interested in who’s writing
other major open-source projects. I recently obtained the entire
CVS repository history for Gentoo Linux, courtesy of Robin Johnson.
Although some of the code has moved to Subversion or Git recently
so these numbers may not be 100% accurate, the techniques used to
analyze commits should be generally useful in understanding the
progress and contributors to any project.
“First, I wanted to understand the developer community. How much
experience do our developers have with Gentoo, and how has that
changed over time…?”