Friday, April 4, 2008

Open source increases its share

BUSINESS generated directly from open source software in Australia is worth about $300 million a year, with government a large contributor to the pie, a study shows.

An additional $200 million comes from open source services and related hardware, according to the report's co-author Jeff Waugh.

About 129 companies of different sizes participated in the research, a nationwide census aimed at sizing up companies and contributors in the open source sector.

Mr Waugh described $500 million as a "conservative estimate", and there were about 1500 companies providing open source services.

The study showed that open source companies were not "one-man-band contractors", which was a common misconception, he said.

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