Posts Tagged ‘ohloh’
Something is wrong with the way ohloh.net sort the developers by meritocracy. Well, ohloh.net uses Kudos to measure it, the definition that they offer for kudo is:
kudo: a statement of praise or approval; accolade; compliment.
Basically, kudos are a public way to show your appreciation or respect for an open source contributor. Remember that meritocracy is a very important part of the motivation to work in libre software projects. According to the explanation by the ohloh staff, contributors who have received the most Kudos will receive the highest KudoRank of 10 and only the 64 top people can receive the highest KudoRank.
Once the concept is clear, let’s have a look at the top ten contributors according to ohloh (based on the Kudos they’ve received). The top 3 committers according to the Kudo Rank are Jari Aalto, zeljic and Stefan Küng (see image below).
Now, let’s compare the first three contributors. If we add up the values of the two first committers (Jari Aalto and zeljic) we have 21 commits, 2 years of experience and 6 kudos received. On the other hand Stefan Küng, who is the third contributor, has received around 100 kudos (you’ll have to count them manually), has coding experience of 8 years and 9 months and is part of 15 software projects. The obvious questions is, what is wrong here?. The first two committers have not claimed the ohloh account for this contributions, could it be the root of the bug?
I think this is a bug, I’ll let the Ohloh staff know. Stay tunned.
In the past Open Forges Summit Scott Collison told us that he saw Ohloh as a failure project and foresaw news about the platform. Here you are the news.
The following message have been sent to the ohloh users:
Dear Ohloh Community Member,
I’m Andi Zink, head of development at Black Duck Software. We’ve got some exciting news for you today, which we hope will get you as fired up as it has us! Black Duck Software has acquired Ohloh.net from Geeknet.
Ohloh has been built for you, the developer community, and our vision for Ohloh carries on this mission! We have big plans for improving and expanding the site, bringing you even more useful capabilities and information about the world of FOSS, and we will keep it free and open.
So, who is Black Duck Software? We’ve been around since 2003, and have been involved with the FOSS world since our inception. Black Duck develops a suite of applications and services that companies use to speed up and manage their use of open source software. We’ve compiled a KnowledgeBase of FOSS project information that we believe is the industry’s most comprehensive. We also have a free developer website for code search called Koders.com where we index billions of lines of open source code from projects in our KnowledgeBase. We will combine Koders.com and our KnowledgeBase with the project and people data on Ohloh. That together with new more powerful search, selection, and usage tools will make it much easier for developers to find, select and use FOSS.
We know the site could use some love and a shot of investment. We’ve seen the enhancements and feature requests posted on the Ohloh forums. We’ll address some of these requests right away. Ohloh has always been built, guided by the use and feedback of its users. This won’t change! We promise to listen, engage with you, and give you plenty of opportunity to help us turn Ohloh into the most useful center of FOSS knowledge with the biggest, most innovative and engaged developer community. Ohloh is YOUR site, and we’re committed to making it into what YOU need to accelerate your use of FOSS, and make your projects even more relevant, dynamic, and successful.
Lots of information about the announcement can be found on the “Ohnouncement” page. Visit the Ohloh forums and join the discussion. Tell us what you want and need from an enhanced Ohloh. We care about what you care about: FOSS adoption, great tools, and collaborative communities. Let us know what you think, ask any questions, participate, and help us make this initiative take off!
Thank you for your support and loyalty toward Ohloh. We’re excited about collaborating with you and building what we hope will continue to be your go-to destination and trusted source of FOSS knowledge.
So .. finally ohloh will be improved. Let’s see what they can do 🙂
This afternoon I did some simple tests with Ohcount which is the Ohloh’s source code line counter. I did not manage to compile the 3.0 release, but the latest version downloaded from git worked properly.
For me, the most interesting part is the possibility to get the license from a source code file with the flag “-l”
$ ./bin/ohcount -l /tmp/evince/
UPDATE I’ve found a bug in this version of the tool while studying the evince code. It identifies cpp code in the libview directory which is false. I’ve reported the bug to the main developer in sourceforge.