Linked by David Adams on Thu 29th Jul 2010 16:59 UTC, submitted by root
Gnome GNOME developer Dave Neary has posted the highlights of his work to determine where contributions to GNOME come from. This "Census" is a combination of data mining and surveys that gives a snapshot of gnome activity and the profile of a GNOME contributor. This project's aims were to answer three questions in particular: What does the developer community look like? What companies are investing in GNOME, and how? What does the commercial ecosystem around the GNOME project look like?
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Fettarme H-Milch
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2010-02-16

Neither does mandriva and opensuse apparently (unless opensuse is lumped in with Novell) but I never hear anyone complain about that. In fact, other than Novell and RH it's pretty much no real difference between the remaining contributors.

Mandriva is a KDE-centric distributor on the constant verge of bankruptcy.
Not only does Mandriva still achieve almost 2/3 of Canonical's GNOME commits, Mandriva is actively working with many other upstream projects, including but not limited to OpenOffice, Linux kernel, Xorg, and (of course) KDE.
Overall Mandriva is a much bigger FOSS contributor than Canonical, though -- in all fairness -- Canonical improved in recent months (eg. Canonical now has two employees who care about KDE rather than just one).

PS: openSUSE is of course subsumed under Novell (at least the Novell people who work on openSUSE), just as Red Hat and Fedora are not separate entities.

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