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Subject: Re: [boost] Thoughts on Boost v2
From: Niall Douglas (s_sourceforge_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-05-22 08:00:30

On 22 May 2014 at 6:48, james wrote:

> From an outsider's perspective (ie use Boost) the conversation about
> whether Boost is alive or dead or needs forking is a bit bizarre.

I can see that. One of the big reasons I've been agitating - and I
suspect why my agitations haven't been instantly dismissed - is that
the stats are trending negative on almost every metric. There have
also been some internal shocks to the org this past year such as Dave
leaving, to which different people naturally have reacted
differently. After all, Dave for many people including myself *is*
Boost, he is why I was ever here at all, and I mourn his loss.

There are much wider issues too though. Activity in open source has
been trending downwards on every metric for two years now.
Statistically that is the biggest explantory variable for Boost's
decline - it's actually a decline in all open source. Nevertheless,
we are still declining relative to all open source, and I think that
is a surprise to people given the recent relative strength of C++.


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