“Who strikes you as more dedicated, those that work for $55,000 a year on something or those that do it for free”
The amount of time that open source developers easily approaches
those working full time jobs. Not just Joomla, but any of the many open
source projects around. He didn’t have much of an answer to that.
I came across an interesting site that validated my point,
www.ohloh.net. It indexes open source code repositories and calculates
various metrics for them. The most popular projects are listed at
Going to the Joomla project was fascinating , based on the current codebase, Ohloh estimates:
- Codebase: 127,030 LOC
- Effort (est.): 32 Man Years
- Avg. Salary: $55,000/year
- Total: $1,740,767
If you had wanted to pay for the development of Joomla, you would
have had to pay over 1.5 million. What’s even more interesting is that
the code base was built on Mambo. If you check that project out, you
will see the same developer names and so have to add their total too.
(On an interesting side not you can see a huge amount of coding
activity as the Joomla team work on 1.5, the Mambo developer activity
graph is /crickets)
I guess I should have a point to this post. Maybe it should be donate to Joomla, you are getting alot for you money.