The 1.7 stable release features 21 new reproducible papers and multiple other enhancements including improved tools for parallel computing developed at the Second Working Workshop.
According to the SourceForge statistics, the previous 1.5 stable distribution has been downloaded more than 4,000 times. The top country (with 24% of all downloads) was USA, followed by China, Colombia, Germany, and Brazil. According to Openhub.net (last updated in January 2015), the year of 2014 was a period of a high development activity, with 33 contributors making 1,876 commits to the repository (up 16% from the previous year). Openhub.net says that Madagascar “has a well established, mature codebase maintained by a very large development team with stable year-over-year commits” and estimated 239 man-years of effort (an estimated development cost of $13 million).