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[20090615] Comparing Operating System sizes
Slashdot links to an article that aims at comparing operating system sizes, and their growths. Of course operating system means Linux today, right? Not quite, actually. They also have a page dedicated to BSD growth. BSD here means FreeBSD, NeTBSD, OpenBSD and Darwin, and for NetBSD they look at the number of external symbols for data (empty / block storage, read only and read-writable) plus code. More symbols can mean more code or more features features, but also more bugs, so it's left to your own interpretation. :)

Also interesting are the timelines, which I wonder a bit about. My own perception was that release ("stable") branches survive their direct successor for quite some time, and NetBSD's documentation confirms this. Anyone want to double-check the numbers and the graph? Updates welcome! :)

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