In the period of January – March 2021, 9,262,754 packages were downloaded from piwheels, bringing the total to 40,096,797. This has saved 46 years in the period, and 487 years in total! There were 59,141,950 pip searches, 722,140 project page hits, 399,097 web page hits and 84,621 project JSON downloads in the period.
Each month was subsequently record-breaking. March had the highest number of downloads (ever) with 1,850,781, more than double the record set in the previous quarter
Dave and I just did a release of GPIO Zero, our Raspberry Pi GPIO library. It’s been over 18 months since the last release, and as well as plenty of small bugfixes and corrections to the documentation, there are a few nice new features too.
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