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2008's Top Leaders in Open Source Business

Jan 31, 2008, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark R. Hinkle)

"According to an IDC report, Open Source Software Business Models 2007-2011 Forecast: A Preliminary View, worldwide open source-related revenue reached $1.8 billion in 2006 and will grow to reach $5.8 billion by 2011. That's a forecasted 26% of compound annual growth for the next five years. That's not even counting the millions of re-purposed freely distributed Linux systems and billions of pieces of non-commercial free software in use today. Without argument the economic effects of open source are likely to reach well beyond the cash paid for products and services. As the industry grows there are a select group of business leaders that are making the industry what it is today and will be responsible for the direction and success of the industry going forward. Here are the open source business leaders who matter the most as 2008 begins..."

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