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Re: State of the GNUnion 2020

From: Mark Wielaard
Subject: Re: State of the GNUnion 2020
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:50:58 +0100

Hi Andy,

On Mon, 2020-02-10 at 20:14 +0100, Andy Wingo wrote:
> Recently I put dozens of hours into
> analyzing past GNU releases.  The result is here:

Thanks for that and for publishing the raw data too. The data itself is
fascinating. I must say I don't really know how to interpret the data.
Also because as you say active package count isn't precisely the same
as project health. Having more data, like lines of code and/or
contributor counts would be nice. But even harder to collect.

Two random observations for packages that I happened to look at:

- In the manually-collected-release-dates you include eprints,
  but it isn't really clear that is still
  a GNU package. just
  redirects to
  I cannot even find the word GNU on their website.
  The sources mention GNU EPrints 4 times, but almost everywhere
  the software is just called EPrints. Other uses of GNU are only
  in combination with the (L)GPL.
- GNU diction did do some releases through, but
  does also have some more releases at
  But it isn't really clear how you would know that.
  Gentoo has the newer versions, but no other distro seems to
  have picked them up. Since they aren't published on

No real conclusion from those observations. Except that getting
reliable data about GNU packages is much harder than it looks.

Thanks for collecting it all. And I hope people will look at it and
sent in updates where possible.



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