May 09, 2016 posted by Alistair Crooks
I was asked to prepare some stats on pkgsrc's growth, as part of the
celebrations of pkgsrc-2016Q1, pkgsrc's fiftieth quarterly release.
This mail from 2004
By my calculations, at the end of December 2003, there were 4310
packages in the NetBSD Packages Collection, up from 4170 the previous
month, a rise of only 140. We also tagged a new branch for pkgsrc,
which is being actively maintained - the branch is called
"pkgsrc-2003Q4". As the name implies, we will be branching pkgsrc on
a regular basis from now on, and maintaining the branch.
We had previously cut pkgsrc releases to coincide with NetBSD
releases, and for some other events, but pkgsrc-2003Q4 can be seen
as the first branch where pkgsrc was really its own entity. It can be
checked out with the "pkgsrc-2003Q4" tag, and browsed at:
We keep a complete log of changes we have made to pkgsrc since its inception.
At the lowest level, pkgsrc-2003Q4 had 3059 pkgsrc entries, whilst 2016Q1
had 14311 pkgsrc entries. Due to different versions of some languages, like
python, perl, ruby and php, the number of packages is a much higher number.
For instance, 2003Q4 had 4310 packages, and 2016Q1 had 17154.
We have also provided a histogram of
pkgsrc activity from its inception until now.
To see how pkgsrc has spread across platforms, 2003Q4 supported 7 platforms,
2016Q1 supports 23 platforms.
In addition, pkgsrc has now grown its own conference. The first pkgsrccon was
in Vienna in 2004 -- see the original 2004
pkgsrccon information and this
year's pkgsrccon is in Krakow -- see the 2016 pkgsrccon information
We also produced a map of pkgsrccon venues for those interested
in the history and geography of pkgsrccon.
for the pkgsrc team
Sun May 8 11:26:15 PDT 2016