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TechWeb: Germany Leads In Open-Source Development

Nov 02, 2000, 13:20 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stuart Glasscock)

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"Paul Jones, director of the Linux Documentation Project, had a hunch about where to find the largest concentration of contributors to the open-source software development, but little hard data existed about membership in collaborative open source communities."

"...We knew the Germans were really active, but we didn't know how active," Jones said. "We were really knocked out when we saw the Germans were the second largest contributors."

"Jones' research showed German contributions to open-source software were greater than people with .edu e-mail addresses, and also greater than the number of people with .org and .gov. e-mail addresses."

"The other thing we did is combined all the EU and treated it like one country," he said. "It turns out it would be greater than all the dot-coms."

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