Subject: Re: a model of competition between free and proprietary software
From: Gregory Sutter <gsutter@zer0.org>
Date: Mon, 28 May 2001 12:36:40 -0700
Mon, 28 May 2001 12:36:40 -0700
On 2001-05-28 12:04 -0700, "Karsten M. Self" <kmself@ix.netcom.com> wrote:
> on Mon, May 28, 2001 at 10:18:59AM -0700, Rich Morin (rdm@cfcl.com) wrote:
> > At 11:20 PM -0700 5/27/01, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> > >I've run some stats on this.  Counting unstable development, at the end
> > >of April, 2001, there were 824 package maintainers producing 6,875
> > >packages for Debian.  Most of them handling one or two packages, a few
> > >doing upwards of a score or two.
> > 
> > Are all of these folks primary developers or are some of them simply
> > folks who (like many maintainers on the FreeBSD Ports Collection) only
> > make sure that a given package builds for the OS in question?
> 
> They're mostly packagers, not developers, though some are involved in
> upstream development.  For packages which are compiled, there's some
> modification of the build environment, and in some cases, patches
> applied to the source.
> 
> Rich, do you have stats for the fBSD world?  I'd assume ports to be
> similar in structure to DEBs in terms of build support.

FreeBSD has 5383 ports as of today, maintained by approximately 700
unique maintainers.

Greg
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