Although Rackspace can lay claim to contributing the most lines of code to the OpenStack project since its inception in 2010, DreamHost has emerged as the top code contributor over the past six months, followed by Red Hat. More than 80 percent of the DreamHost-generated code is specifically for Havana, the version of OpenStack slated for release in October.
However, before we bestow DreamHost with a trophy for "Biggest OpenStack Contributor of 2013," consider this: The company accounted for only 109 commits since January, whereas Red Hat led the pack with 1,695 commits. Does that make Red Hat the reigning champ of OpenStack contributions? It's not exactly cut and dried.
That data comes from a Stackalytics, a tool created by Mirantis to provide transparency as to who is contributing to OpenStack and which modules are receiving the most attention in terms of both lines of code and commits. (As a refresher, a commit is a unit of work performed by a developer when he or she creates, fixes, or deletes some code in a particular module; lines of code refer to each line of code a developer creates, fixes, or deletes.)
Who cares which organizations are cranking out the most code for OpenStack or any open source project for that matter? As observed last year by Joe Brockmeier, "It's always interesting to see who really contributes to open source projects. That's doubly true when it comes to projects that are corporate-driven, because they provide a lot of insight into which companies are driving a project and have a stake in supporting it."
DreamHost has a stake in supporting OpenStack. The Los Angeles-based company unveiled its OpenStack-based DreamCompute public IaaS offering last October and plans to push the service into general availability in the near future. The company's senior cloud engineer, Mark McClain, is the technical lead for the OpenStack Networking Project, formerly known as Quantum.