Looking at the "core" repo for LO, let's apply the same stat you quoted in the parent of this thread to claim a "downward spiral" for AOO.
If we look at committers for LO for this year versus last year we see a 19% decline. If we look at active committers, those with more than 10 commits the decline is 27%.
OMG! LO is declining! It is the death spiral!! Angst, angst, angst, Oh my!
Of course, that is entirely bogus. Comparing different length time periods is invalid. However, that is what the numbers say. But a bad metric for AOO is also a bad metric for LO.
So please be a bit more perceptive in what you quote and what you claim. I think Lwn.net would not be harmed by a bit more intellectual honesty here, even among those who might disagree.
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