dc7 - 1.0


Juan Jose Amor
Javier Fernandez-Sanguino
Day 9
Room Lower BoF Room
Start time 17:30
Duration 00:30
ID 118
Event type Workshop
Track DebConf
Language English

Measuring Etch: the size of incoming Debian 4.0

A set of analysis and statistics about the incoming Debian 4.0 release

Debian is possibly the largest free software distribution, with more than 10,000 source packages in the release currently in preparation (Debian 4.0, codename Etch). However, we wish to know what these numbers mean. In this paper, we use David A. Wheeler's SLOCCount system to determine the number of physical source lines of code (SLOC) of Debian 4.0. We conclude that Debian Etch includes more than 280,000,000 physical SLOC (much more than other contemporary GNU/Linux distributions such as Fedora Core 6), showing that the Debian development model (based on the work of a large group of voluntary developers spread around the world) is at least as capable as other development methods (like the more centralized one, based on the work of employees, used by Red Hat or Microsoft) to manage distributions of this size.