The 1.5 stable release features nine new reproducible papers and multiple other enhancements including the addition of the RVL (Rice Vector Library) and IWAVE++ full waveform inversion packages from Bill Symes and The Rice Inversion Project.
According to the SourceForge statistics, the previous 1.4 stable distribution has been downloaded more than 3,000 times. The total number of Madagascar downloads is approaching 25,000. According to Ohloh.net,, the year before 1.5 release was the period of a record development activity, with 32 contributors (up 33% compared to the previous year) making 1,570 commits to the repository (up 35%). Ohloh.net says that Madagascar “has a well established, mature codebase maintained by a very large development team with increasing year-over-year commits” and estimated 167 man-years of effort.