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Red Hat Publishes Study on Worldwide Open Source Activity and Growth

Apr 21, 2009, 16:32 (3 Talkback[s])

"The global growth of open source continues to increase across the private sector, government and individuals. As an industry leader, Red Hat presents this study to the community as a framework and tool for furthering the interest and understanding of open source adoption.

""Through the formation of the Open Source Channel Alliance, we are making investments in open source because of the trusted solutions and potential for significant cost savings that it brings to the marketplace--two factors that, we believe, will drive open source adoption in the mid-market," commented Peter Larocque, president of U.S. distribution at SYNNEX Corporation. "This alliance will enable us to provide complete open source solution packages that can deliver the kind of return-on-investment that our customers require, especially given the current economic environment."

"The study measures open source using two separate indices: one for activity and another for environment. The activity index measures the amount of open source currently present in a country and includes concrete factors such as existing open source and open standards policies and the number of open source software users or producers. The environment index includes factors at a country level that may further, or coexist with, open source activity such as a high number of Internet users. An interactive map highlighting country rankings is available here."

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