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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Lennie
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2007-09-22

The largest number of volunteers, but they mostly deliver smaller patches, the big chunks are from company-employees who have been dedicated to the task. Also a lot of them were active volunteers before that.

RedHat writes a large part. Canonical, I'm sad to say, does not. Also sounds familiar.

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Fettarme H-Milch Member since:
2010-02-16

Indeed. When Greg KH held his keynote with statistics from core OS parts Linux distributions Canonical's immediate excuse was "We care more about higher levels than that. That statistic is unfair."
I wonder how/if Canonical will respond to this. Will they present 100 Paper Cuts as "proof" that they are the only entity around that cares about usability even though most paper cuts aren't even fixed by Canonical staff?

As a side note: One Xorg developer pointed out on his blog that Canonical employees file bug reports to Red Hat, because they can't fix them themselves: http://airlied.livejournal.com/72817.html

Edited 2010-07-30 00:38 UTC

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

http://www.jonobacon.org/2010/07/30/red-hat-canonical-and-gnome-con...

Dylan McCall's comment is easily the most interesting.

Edited 2010-07-30 05:57 UTC

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

RedHat writes a large part. Canonical, I'm sad to say, does not.


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.

Edited 2010-07-30 04:59 UTC

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Fettarme H-Milch Member since:
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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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

"RedHat writes a large part. Canonical, I'm sad to say, does not.


Neither does mandriva and opensuse apparently (unless opensuse is lumped in with Novell) but I never hear anyone complain about that.
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Didn't you get the memo? Using Linux or other open source software is normally A-okay (not to mention encouraged by legions of fanboys)... unless/until you gain any profit, success, or popularity from using that software.

At that point, according the GNU/fanboy group-think, you're required to turn your business into an non-profit charity with the sole purpose of pushing the FSF ideology. That, or contribute to the fund for delousing RMS.

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