GlassFish Download Stats - Feb 2009 Update
By pelegri on Mar 15, 2009
This note provides a summary of the GlassFish download statistics from July 2005 until February 2009; previous entries are labeled download+statistics. The trends shown here, like those of other adoption indicators, are constrained by methodological limitations, but they are all pointing the same direction so they are likely right.
Caveats and Comments
We mostly count completed downloads, but, starting in 2009, some of the tools numbers
are attempted d/ls.
• We count downloads from Sun.Com, Java.Net and NetBeans.ORG, but not from our Maven Repositories.
• GlassFish is freely redistributable and we don't track other distributions like Ubuntu, Solaris or OpenSolaris
• Overall, I believe these are solid numbers, but if we discover a problem I will correct it and let you know.
• The NetBeans numbers for January 2009 are now included.
• A page flow problem impacted one of the SDK bundles for most of February; that has now been fixed.
• February is a short month.
Below are 5 charts presenting 3 sets of monthly download statistics from Jul'05, through Feb '09. The Y axis is normalized to 900K per month to simplify comparisons and the images link to a larger image for further inspection.
GlassFish AppServer in SDKs
This chart shows downloads of the GlassFish Server either by itself (Sun Java System Application Server, Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server and GlassFish Server) or in bundles like the Java EE SDK and the Java Application Platform SDK.
The peak around May '06 (223,079) was the release of Java EE 5 and GFv1 at J1 '06. Other local peaks correspond to GFv1U1, J1'07, GFv2, GFv2U1 and GFv2U2.
There were 192,776 downloads of GlassFish-only SDKs in Feb '09.
GlassFish AppServer in Tools
GlassFish is included in, and is the default container for, the most popular bundles of NetBeans 6.1, NB 6.0.1, NB 6.1 and NB 6.5 - I only count those from bundles including GF.
NetBeans 6.x has been very popular. The GlassFish portion of these d/l numbers peaked in Apr '08 with 695,550.
There were 456,520 downloads of GF through Tools SDKs in Feb '09.
GlassFish AppServer - Combined
This table just adds the previous two. The top combined number was Apr '08 with 882,489.
There were 649,296 total downloads of GF in Feb '09.
JBoss AppServer - From SourceForge
Finally, as a reference point, the d/l stats for All JBoss AS, as reported by SourceForge.
JBoss 5.0 was released in Dec '08 and that has been the best month in the period reported here. The total for all versions in that month was 126,989.
There were 89,020 downloads of all versions of JBoss in Feb '09.
This one just collects the last two charts together.