The “Census” is a combination of data mining and surveys that gives a snapshot of gnome activity and the profile of a GNOME contributor. Apparently, the aim of the census project was to identify three particular areas.
What does the developer community look like? What companies are investing in GNOME, and how? What does the commercial ecosystem around the GNOME project look like?
An interesting element of the census is the revelation that 70% of the GNOME developers are identified as “volunteers”. Whilst I’m sure that the definition of “volunteer” remains quite ambiguous, what cannot be ignored is the tension between Red Hat and Canonical.The census suggests that Red Hat have contributed 16% of the GNOME upstreams whilst Canonical have only offered 1%. As a result of the findings, there have been a number of interesting arguments.