A Look At Daala's Git Repository, The Lead Developers & Code Count

Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia on 7 August 2015 at 09:23 AM EDT. 13 Comments
While the Daala video coding format backed primarily by Xiph.Org and Mozilla isn't ready for mainstream use yet, looking at its Git repository does at least reveal some environmental data to discuss.

While poking around the Daala Git repository this week in looking at the state of affairs, I decided to run GitStats on the code-base for seeing the pace of code entering the mainline code repository, etc. This was mainly done out of pure curiosity and figured the stats would be of interest to other Phoronix readers too. The Daala repository has 277 files made up of 124k lines of code that as of today was done via 1,432 commits and has seen contributions by 47 authors.

Daala might hit an all-time high for commits in a given calendar year in 2015... 2014 saw 403 commits while 2013 brought 497 commits; so far in 2015 Daala has seen 351 commits.

Just a handful of the developers make up a bulk of the commits and net lines of code. Among the most prolific contributors to Daala this year have been Nathan E. Egge (Mozilla Research), Jean-Marc Valin (Mozilla), Tristan Matthews (VideoLAN), Timothy B. Terriberry (Mozilla / Xiph.Org), and Guillaume Martres (Mozilla).

The Ubuntu.com commit references just come down to Guillaume Martres also being an Ubuntu developer.

In terms of when Daala will actually be ready for consumers, that remains to be determined, but at least it's still aiming to be a generation beyond HEVC/H.265 and VP9. For those not familiar with Daala, visit the Xiph.Org project site.
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