Yesterday Felipe Hoffa from the Google Dev Rel team published some interesting research looking at corporate usage of GitHub. Given my post on the danger of GitHub astroturfing yesterday I was keen to dig in.
“For this analysis we’ll look at all the
PushEvents published by GitHub during 2017.”
Headlines concerning cloud companies.
- Microsoft appears to have ~1,300 employees actively pushing code to 825 top repositories on GitHub.
- Google displays ~900 employees active on GitHub, who are pushing code to ~1,100 top repositories.
- Amazon appears to have only 134 active employees on GitHub, pushing code to only 158 top projects.
So all the usual caveats on using GitHub data notwithstanding, and the limits of this particular analysis, Microsoft has the most contributors by some distance, some 45% more than than Google, but they’re working on a smaller number of top projects. Amazon Web Services meanwhile barely shows up as a contributor. Nothing really surprising in any of this, but even in 2017 it’s possible to sit back and marvel at how far into open source Microsoft is these days.
What is surprising on the other hand, at least at a glance within the limits of this methodology, is that Pivotal is currently contributing as much software to open source projects as IBM. Given IBM has built deservedly solid reputation over time as an open source contributor across various core infrastructure projects, and is at least 150 times bigger than Pivotal, this is fairly impressive. I noticed that in the twitter thread about the post initially only us.ibm.com email addresses were being counted, but it still really stood out, at least to me.
On the same thread was a pointer to another information resource gleaned from GitHub.
if you guys interested in total stars.. https://t.co/N7ra94M0bI 🙂 (always up to date)
— Lipis (@Lipis) October 24, 2017
237, 644 stars? To be honest I couldn’t see how the maths add up with the lipis service. But well north of 100k stars at a glance on Sindre’s GitHub page is pretty amazing for an individual. Sindre curates awesome, a curated list of awesome lists. Nearly 68k stars, 314 contributors. Avajs (great name, by the way) looks like his “day job”.
Hats off to Sindre for making things people like.
disclosure: AWS, IBM, Microsoft, and Pivotal are all clients, but this analysis is independent.