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The Numbers

Filed under: Uncategorized by guenter at 20:51

For the 1.4.5 release, I’ve for the first time put the downloads on GitHub in addition to SourceForge. Since it took a very long time for the downloads to become available on SourceForge (and my frustration with SourceForge has been growing lately, especially after the upgrade disaster), the download page links to the files on GitHub. This lead to an interesting observation. While SourceForge download statistics show around 5.900 total downloads per month for October (which was a new all-time high), as of today GitHub shows a total of 8757 downloads for 1.4.5 after only a week. So where do these contradicting numbers come from? Ideas anyone?

  1. Frankly, I fail to see a contradiction. Surprise? Yes. Or, well, maybe a little.

    It just means github is more popular for sharing source code (for obvious reasons)?

    I’ve personally always found slow and rather unfriendly to work with. The sheer fact that downloads start after ‘n’ seconds only is a barrier.

    I’ve also felt a bit ‘unsafe’ by downloading from unlike with Google Code, CodePlex, BitBucket and Github (others) I’d have the feeling of downloading ‘stale’ data: an isolated tarball, buried deeply in an arcane site.

    Github actively promotes a ‘subscriber’ model (where you can set your local repo up to (periodically) pull from the github repo. You stay in touch, tapping directly into the ongoing stream of maintenance. It’s a _live_ connection.

    It makes a bit of sense to me. Still, yeah, it’s good to see such effects in motion.

    [Whether my armchair psychology actually has anything to with the measurements is something I’ll gladly leave to science]

    Cheers and thanks for the good work 🙂

    Comment by sehe on November 26, 2012, 23:07

  2. I agree with sehe, github environment is much more lively and conducive to collaboration than SF. The main benefit (aside from the goodness of git itself) is that code is the centerpiece and everything revolves around it (as it should). On SF, the code (repository) was just a component/module and not quite readily available – actually quite cumbersome to navigate to. So, we’re already seeing the benefits of jumping the ship – 14 forks and going, with more downloads in a week than the best month on SF.

    Comment by alex on November 27, 2012, 16:21

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