Mid-Year Update On 2022 CNCF, Linux Foundation, And Open Source Velocity

Consistently looking into CNCF and Linux Foundation project’s velocity and the 30 top open source projects give us a very good indication of trends that are resonating with developers and end users. As a result, we can get insight into platforms that will likely be successful. 

We use bubble charts to show three axes of data: commits, authors, and comments/pull requests, and plot on a log-log chart to show the data across large scales. 

  • The bubble’s area is proportional to the number of authors 
  • The y-axis is the total number of pull requests and issues 
  • The x-axis is the number of commits

Here are the main takeaways I see from these charts: 

  • Kubernetes continues to mature and have the largest contributor base
  • OpenTelemetry continues to grow its contributor base and has become the second highest velocity project in the CNCF ecosystem
  • Backstage a year ago barely made this list and continues to grow, solving an important pain point around cloud native developer experience
  • GitOps continues to be an important technique in the cloud native ecosystem where projects like Argo and Flux continue to cultivate large communities

CNCF projects – Last 12 months (interactive map)

Linux Foundation Projects – Last 12 months (interactive map)

Top 30 open source projects – Last 12 months (interactive map)

You can find all the current and past reports on GitHub, as well as a list and charts on the Google sheets below:

All of the scripts used to generate this data are at https://github.com/cncf/velocity (under an Apache 2.0 license). If you see any errors, please open an issue there.

Past blog posts about project velocity:

By Chris Aniszczyk
Source: CNCF Blog

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