Who made Gentoo Linux, and when? A commit analysis
Posted Oct 11, 2007 13:38 UTC (Thu) by ekj
Parent article: Who made Gentoo Linux, and when? A commit analysis
I now attribute this drop to Gentoo's developer population returning toward an equilibrium after an explosive, uncontrolled growth. The Gentoo structure and governance could not scale quickly enough to deal with all the new developers, but it took some time to normalize and continues to do so.
Gentoos popularity seems to be following a similar curve, for example the searchvolume on Google for "gentoo" peaks around the same time as your curve for active developers.
My guess is that Gentoo -was- at the time seen as a new and interesting distribution, many new developers arrived. That is no longer the case. Today gentoo is, essentially, a niche-distribution. Ubuntu and family has taken over as the biggest "up and coming".
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