Size of teams behind Linux distros
dberkholz at gentoo.org
Fri Apr 20 13:19:41 PDT 2012
On 12:53 Fri 13 Apr , Patrice Dumas wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 02:14:05PM -0500, Jason Hsu wrote:
> > I've been curious about the size of the teams behind Linux distros.
> > I met a Gentoo developer at the Minnebar conference last Saturday
> > and learned that there are about 200 people working on Gentoo and
> > about 1000 people working on Debian. I understand that the
> > productive Linux Mint team is surprisingly small, though I have no
> > idea how small. (50? 20? 10? Even fewer?)
> > How big are the teams that you're familiar with?
> It is not clear to me whether the right number is the number of people
> or the number of 'worked' hours, which ought also be separated by
> productivity levels. If the distribution of those numbers are constant
> over distros, then counting people is right, but otherwise it could be
> quite misleading (depending on what you plan to do with those numbers,
> of course).
The number of people might be a better measure of how much of the
community is interested in contribution than of how much work is really
going into a distribution, for all the reasons you mention.
But then you get into other issues like ease of becoming a committer
across different projects, etc.
Council Member / Sr. Developer, Gentoo Linux <http://dberkholz.com>
Analyst, RedMonk <http://redmonk.com/dberkholz/>
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