Another 1,000 packages were added to CRAN, which took less than 9 months. Today (August 12, 2015), the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN) package page reports: “Currently, the CRAN package repository features 7002 available packages.” While the previous 1,000 packages took 355 days, going from 6,000 to 7,000 packages took 286 days - which means that now a new CRAN package is born on average every 6.9 hours (or 3.
Another 1,000 packages were added to CRAN and this time in less than 12 months. Today (2014-10-29) on The Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN) package page: “Currently, the CRAN package repository features 6000 available packages.” Going from 5,000 to 6,000 packages took 355 days - which means that it on average was only ~8.5 hours between each new packages added. It is actually even more frequent since dropped packages are not accounted for.