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How much GNU is there in GNU/Linux?

Jun 02, 2011, 09:06 (16 Talkback[s])


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"After building the infrastructure to analyse the code in an Ubuntu release I decided to satisfy a simple curiosity and figure out how much GNU software is actually part of a modern distribution. I picked Ubuntu natty (released in April) as a reference, am counting lines of code (LOC) as the rough metric for size of a given project, and am considering only the 'main' repository, supposedly the core of the distribution, actually packaged by Ubuntu and not repackaged from Debian.

"I found two things to be really surprising in this chart. The first is that the kernel is actually comparable in size to all the GNU software1. The second is that small projects actually dominate the total amount."

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