Ubuntu-LB Ubuntu Is Giving Away Software For Free Costs More Than You Would Think

Jocelyn jhabib at gmail.com
Tue Jan 8 15:50:52 GMT 2008

Interesting article but my question is , had canonical wrote all these codes

On Jan 8, 2008 1:53 AM, Dani Soufi <danisoufi at gmail.com> wrote:

> Oh cool, then here are some facts about Ubuntu Software.
> Little known fact: The  Ubuntu<http://www.fsckin.com/2007/09/29/giving-away-software-for-free-costs-more-than-you-would-think/#>distribution is now includes 23,164 packages.
> Did you know that the Ubuntu software repository contains 23,164 packages?
> I also introduce the Constructive Cost Model (COCOMO), and finally,
> reference an article quoting that Debian 'cost' 1.9 billion dollars to
> develop back in year 2000.
> I detail my plan of attack to find out how much the Ubuntu distribution
> 'cost' to develop using COCOMO and SLOCCount
> <http://www.dwheeler.com/sloc/> by David Wheeler. Without his excellent
> program, this article would not be possible
> Downloading the source code took nearly 2 days, due to the nature of
> apt-get, you must first build dependencies, then download the actual source
> code. There were some annoying programs that once downloaded, require user
> input (such as LILO) and that paused the downloading process until I
> provided some human input.
> It took over 8 hours for SLOCCount to process all 51,447 files downloaded,
> with a 3.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
> I started this project with a brand new Gutsy Gibbon installation. By the
> time all was said and done,my hard drive contained 92.8 GB of gzipped
> source files, patches, graphics, etc - everything needed to build Ubuntu
> from scratch- and installed nearly 10 GB of dependencies.
> Opening Nautilus and browsing to /usr/src makes my computer freeze for
> nearly 2 minutes while my 10,000rpm SATA hard drive reads the directory
> structure. When running the LS command on /usr/src recursively, it takes
> over 20 minutes to finish running.
> Computer software engineers make approximately 75,000 yearly salary
> according to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics<http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos267.htm>
> .
> Without further ado, here are numbers you came for:
> Source Lines Of Code: *121,131,661*
> Person-Months: 1,208,967.6
> Person-Days: 24,179,353
> Person-Hours: 193,434,823
> Duration Years: 18.4
> Duration Months: 221.0
> Duration Days: 4419
> Duration Hours: 35,354
> Total Price: *$7,033,290,160*
> Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon and all available software packages included in the
> software repositories would take over 7 BILLION dollars to re-write from the
> ground up. Don't believe it? Remember, this number counts source code from
> projects such as Mozilla Firefox and OpenOffice.org which are behemoths in
> and of themselves.
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> I've got a new article coming up this weekend that 'violates' all that is
> holy with Ubuntu Christian Edition.
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