How many billions is open-source software worth?
Apr 27, 2009, 19:47 (0 Talkback[s])
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"That's the number that Black Duck Software came up
with. Black Duck isn't an open-source ISV (independent software
vendor). The Boston area company started as an IP (intellectual
property) risk management and mitigation company, but has since
grown into an open-source legal management firm.
"Since Black Duck was founded in 2002, the company has been
tracking all known open source on the Internet According to their
research, there are over 200,000 open-source projects representing
over 4.9 billion lines of code. To create that code from scratch,
Black Duck estimates that "reproducing this OSS would cost $387
billion and would take 2.1 million people-years of