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Open Source Projects double every 14 months!

Based on the models developed for the "Exponential Growth of Open Source" study we calculated the time required to double the number of projects and the total open source code. It took approximately 13.89 months to double the total number of open source projects from 1995-2006. Please refer the "The Total Growth of Open Source" paper for the details of the approach and analysis. On the same lines, it took around 12.49 months to double the total open source lines of code for the projects considered. That means every year (plus a month or so) both the total number of projects and lines of code double! The interesting question is: Can Open Source sustain this exponential growth?

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  1. Good Work !

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  2. Hey ashish very good blog and good technical knowledge by u .

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  3. sorry amit by mistake i posted u as Ashish..............

    Hey amit very good blog and good technical knowledge by u .

    I am really very much amazed with your open source support

    I have also implemented my project as a social networking website in open source
    in java jsp
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    Keep it up with ur open source support
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  4. The question isn't how many open source projects *start*, but how many finish. For ever project that finishes, there are dozens, maybe hundreds that never get past the beginning stages. i feel that the number of project starts isn't at all important.

    How many new open source projects ever release "1.0" quality code? That seems far more useful than starts.

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