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Are open source projects growing faster relative to closed source ones?

This totally depends on the dynamic of user base (both users and contributors) as the project evolves. Also it depends on dynamic of bazaar, technology, sponsorship, rivals, etc. So consider this case:...
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Do open source projects have better or worse female participation than proprietary projects?

Significantly less female participation. It is estimated that female participation on open source projects is at about 2%, compared to 10-30% overall in computing or proprietary projects. For overall ...
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How can I find usage statistics for an open source project?

There's no way of actually tracking down usage statistics without compromising the privacy of its users. Hence why it is impossible to properly see which Linux distribution is the most popular one (...
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What are good ways to get usage data and feedback for open source projects?

It seems like you've already listed most solutions: Firefox has analytics (which the user can turn off); programming projects use mailing lists, chats, and bug trackers (because developers tend to ...
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How can I find usage statistics for an open source project?

It depends what you mean by usage statistics, but the website www.openhub.net (formerly known as Ohloh) gives you: the number of commit per months the number of contributors per month a community ...
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Total number of person-hours spent on writing free software

In 2000, David Wheeler made a serious attempt to enumerate the total amount of code in a representative distro (Red Hat 6.2), finding that it contained around 17 million source lines of code. Using ...
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Studies about harassment in the world of open source development?

The most comprehensive data I'm aware of is the 2017 Open Source Survey by GitHub. According to it, about a fifth of open source contributors have experienced a negative interaction in an open source ...
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Studies about harassment in the world of open source development?

This question asks two questions: 'is it a problem?' and 'are there studies'? I offer a response to the former. All internet communities are at risk of hostility. As a subset of internet communities, ...
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Has there been research about how aware the general public is of open source?

I'm not aware of any research where that has been the primary focus. In most of my reading; the meaning of "open source" is either quoted from a source like FSF or not referenced at all. However, ...
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Licensed Projects: How many projects are licensed without a file?

This makes me wonder: if a project does not need a licence file, and a simple mention in the Readme is enough, then how many projects are actually licensed on GitHub? This is an interesting question!...
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Is there data on the frequency of Open Source License type by industry?

There is data, but it is not available publicly or for free. Blackduck, for example, maintains a knowledge base of this kind of information, but you have to be a customer to access it. I would be ...
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Are there statistics showing the usage over time of open source implementations of programming languages compilers/interpreters?

The data from blackduck isn't broken down by open/closed compilers, but it does cover the specific languages and provide historical information. Additionally, it is focused on language use solely ...
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How many open source committers are in Germany?

A typical Fermi question. I know some data for Germany and Europe and will extrapolate: there's 800k programmers in 80M people. Now, a 1-digit percentage of companies in Germany value open-source for ...
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How to identify programming language of a file for Open Hub?

Examining the source for ohcount provided by 3D1T0R, there are various ways that are used. Specifically, for C and Fortran, extensions.gperf shows that for "LANG_C" the file extension "c" is ...
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How can I find usage statistics for an open source project?

Every platform has its own metrics and indications. npm for example, shows download statistics. GitHub has stars, which is a good rough indication. The fact is, I don't need to host the file on some ...
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How can I find usage statistics for an open source project?

I haven't come across any single, centralized place where all usage statistics for open-source projects are combined. However, all is not lost: many software download sites have a download counter. ...
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How to identify programming language of a file for Open Hub?

Ohloh (the predecessor of OpenHub) created an open source (GPLv2) "source code line counter" for gathering this information. It detects which "primary language family" is present in a source file and ...
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Are there statistics showing the usage over time of open source implementations of programming languages compilers/interpreters?

http://www.tiobe.com/tiobe_index has language use history. It does not, however, specify the compiler. Still, very interesting.
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How can I find usage statistics for an open source project?

Repology can be a useful way to show in which software packaging repositories a given project is packaged for, which indicates that users have created packaging control file(s) for the software, a non-...
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How can I find usage statistics for an open source project?

I understand that SF isn't popular anymore, but they are sitting on a valuable pile of historic data. For example: http://sourceforge.net/top
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