Stuff Michael Meeks is doing

This is my (in)activity log. You might like to visit my employer SUSE which is an amazing company, and also Dell who in days of yore provided me with a free laptop for Gnome development / conferences. Also if you have the time to read this sort of stuff you could enlighten yourself by going to Unraveling Wittgenstein's net or if you are feeling objectionable perhaps here.

Older items: 2011: ( J F M A M J J A S O N D ), 2010: ( J F M A M J J A S O N D ), 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, legacy html

2011-11-30: Wednesday

2011-11-29: Tuesday

2011-11-28: Monday

2011-11-27: Sunday

2011-11-26: Saturday

2011-11-25: Friday

2011-11-24: Thursday

2011-11-23: Wednesday

2011-11-22: Tuesday

2011-11-21: Monday

2011-11-20: Sunday

2011-11-19: Saturday

2011-11-18: Friday

Trying to visualise Open Source derivatives


The caveats. As to my motivation (please remember to play the man not the ball): I do not intend to make anyone afraid, uncertain or doubtful. If graphs scare you - please look away at this point. These graphs are built from estimates, hopefully they are fairly un-controversial ones, I detail them at the bottom. This is probably misleading in all sorts ways I didn't discover yet. My hope is that it provides a more helpful picture of the world today than this history graph that gets a frequent airing. By rendering only the last two years, we de-clutter lots of lapsed projects, and by not rendering version numbers we can use perceptual area for showing something more useful: an estimate of user-base. As/when I discover major bugs I'll update this, it is a work in progress:

A user-base & release picture


This is clearly where it gets hairy. I've tried not to offend people, though I've tried to round against my obvious bias. Also, drawing very thin boxes in draw gives some rounding imprecision.

Everything is meaningless

Of course user-base is a poor heuristic for future relevance. That would be driven by features and marketing, as provided by developers and contributors. Potentially graphing contributors in a similar way would be possible, but that was harder to acquire in half an hour. It would be ideal to render more than a rectangle - showing the evolution of the user-base over time, but I don't have that either, and there is some considerable estimation here. Finally, this doesn't include AOOI, which has yet to release a product, it'll be interesting to see how things change when they do.

2011-11-17: Thursday

2011-11-16: Wednesday

2011-11-15: Tuesday

2011-11-14: Monday

2011-11-13: Sunday

2011-11-12: Saturday

2011-11-11: Friday

2011-11-10: Thursday

2011-11-09: Wednesday

2011-11-08: Tuesday

2011-11-07: Monday

2011-11-06: Sunday

2011-11-05: Saturday

2011-11-04: Friday

2011-11-03: Thursday

2011-11-02: Wednesday

2011-11-01: Tuesday

My content in this blog and associated images / data under images/ and data/ directories are (usually) created by me and (unless obviously labelled otherwise) are licensed under the public domain, and/or if that doesn't float your boat a CC0 license. I encourage linking back (of course) to help people decide for themselves, in context, in the battle for ideas, and I love fixes / improvements / corrections by private mail.

In case it's not painfully obvious: the reflections reflected here are my own; mine, all mine ! and don't reflect the views of SUSE, Novell, The Lithuanian Gov't or Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's also important to realise that I'm not in on the Swedish Conspiracy. Occasionally people ask for formal photos for conferences or fun.

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