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SubjectRe: Evolution of kernel size
On 11/10/11 10:40, Nick Bowler wrote:
> On 2011-11-11 00:15 +0900, Jérôme Pinot wrote:
> > On 11/10/11 09:59, Nick Bowler wrote:
> > > On 2011-11-10 23:33 +0900, Jérôme Pinot wrote:
> > > > I took some time to make a graph of the evolution of the size of the
> > > > linux kernel tar.bz2 since version 1.0 till 3.1 (297 releases).
> > > > It doesn't count the stable branches (2.6.x.y).
> > > >
> > > > Impressive, it's mostly exponential.
> > > > If dev keeps same pace, we should break the 100MB at
> > > > linux 3.19.
> > > >
> > > > You can get the graph on my blog, I provide the data and the
> > > > gnuplot batch file for graphing/fitting:
> > > > http://ngc891.blogdns.net/?p=92
> > > >
> > > > It may interest some people :-)
> > >
> > > What scale did you use for the horizontal axis? I see numbers assigned
> > > to each version in your gnuplot file, but no indication of how you came
> > > up with them.
> >
> > It's just the release count, one step for one release.
> >
> > Some release are missing, mostly at the very beginning, I didn't find
> > tarball for them but it doesn't matter much for the shape of the curve.
>
> The problem with this is that the releases were not made at fixed
> intervals. 2.6.0 -> 3.0 represents more than double the amount of
> development time as 2.4 -> 2.6, yet they get roughly the same amount
> of horizontal space on your plot.

It's because my point was not about studying size(time) but
size(version).

> I think it would be much more interesting to scale by release dates, so
> that the gap between releases is proportional to the time between them.
> I suspect you'll see a very different shape.

It's another point of view which is interesting too.

> Furthermore, looking at the raw data, you gave 2.4.37 (released in 2008)
> a lower release number than 2.6.0 (released in 2003), which seems odd.

Well, branches evolve in parallel, like the 2.4/2.6 move, so you can't
fit these in one unique time-based graph (or it's a mess).
Moreover, code was backported from 2.6 to 2.4 (remember the xfs
thing?), so the 2.4.37 kernel is actually the one from 2.4 branch
to be the more like 2.6.0. It's not a huge nonsense to put the
two releases side by side to compare the code size.

If you like a time-based graph, you'd better to have a graph for each
branch. That's an other work.

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Jérôme Pinot
http://ngc891.blogdns.net/
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