If you pop over to Asterisk.org you will now find, proudly displayed on the home page, the all new “contribu-meter” – it’s on the left hand side towards the bottom of the page. What is the purpose of a contribu-meter? Well, in an open source project like Asterisk, we rely on contributions from members of the Community to further enhance the functionality, stability and security of the code. The contribu-meter allows us all to see, in a totally transparent way, who it is that is doing all this work.
What we have in the contribu-meter is a regularly updated list of those who are actually committing code to Asterisk, in order of the number of commits they are currently making. Of course, lots of people make commits, but for the purposes of getting this information on the screen, we have limited the list to the top 10 contributors at a given point in time.
Now, when you get those overwhelming feelings of gratitude, you know to whom that gratitude should be directed.
While there will inevitably be a good number of Digium software developers in the list, you will also see some individual consultants and software developers working for other companies that are contributing at an excellent level, putting their money where their mouths are – and making Asterisk what it is today… the most popular, most powerful, most flexible open source communications platform in the world!
Another very useful purpose served by this new addition is that, say, someone is bragging in the bar about how much they contribute to Asterisk, or say a corporation makes claims in a press release about how much they support the Asterisk project – well, now you can just head over to Asterisk.org and see whether they actually show up in the list!
It should be noted that because the contribu-meter measures code (and in some cases documentation) commits, it will not feature those that contribute to the good of our community in other ways. An example that instantly springs to mind is the venerable David Woolley from the UK, who tirelessly helps out people with questions on Asterisk forums and lists. But, as a guide to who is seriously contributing code to Asterisk, we are satisfied that contribu-meter is doing a good job.
It is fair to say that a good number of the people you will see named on the contribu-meter will be at AstriCon this year, which we have just announced will be in Orlando on October 13-15. So why not come along and say hello to them in person?
I look forward to possibly seeing your name pop up on the contribu-meter in the future, if you are a software dev, and I look forward to seeing you in Orlando in October.
P.S. Don’t forget the Early bird promotion that is currently on – you can save a Benjamin ($100) on your AstriCon pass if you buy it at astricon.net now!