Within the next 24 hours, I expect that the 16000th copy of Emdros and related files will be downloaded from SourceForge.Net. This does not include those copies that may have been downloaded from elsewhere.
Emdros was first released to the public on October 11, 2001, as version 1.0.3. Since then, around 45 releases have been made public. One Linux distribution (the Russian “Alt Linux”) has picked it up and included it in their portfolio of packages. Two companies have bought licenses, and incorporated it into their software, so that Emdros may be in use by thousands of people every day. At least four academic settings have used Emdros for meeting their own needs, including IRIT in Toulouse, France, who are using Emdros as the foundation for a concordancer used by linguists in their research. Several individuals have been very kind, and have written to me with requests for help and enhancements, and some have even contributed bugfixes. Emdros has taken me to two countries to meet with people who were interested in using Emdros, and my work on Emdros has led to several new friends, some of whom I have not yet met face to face, but only via the Internet. So, I have been truly blessed by the Lord in his making me able to produce Emdros.
Update: It has already happened, as of around 09:15 GMT, on 2007-07-15.