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Linux kernel valued at over a Billion Euros: No Surprise

Feb 26, 2010, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)


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"Yet another study has come out trying to put a financial measure on the worth of the LInux kernel. The latest study from University of Oviedo in Spain has estimated the total value of the LInux 2.6.30 kernel to be 1,025,553,430 Euros, that's nearly $1.4 billion U.S. dollars at current exchange rates.

"If that number sounds familiar, it's because the figure of $1.4 billion as a value for Linux has been reported before. Back in 2008, I reported on a study that place the value of a Linux kernel at -- yeah you guessed it $1.4 billion. That was a Linux Foundation sponsored study that used a metric that calculates lines of code, effort and developer costs per hour. It built on an a 2002 report that put the value of the Linux kernel at $1.2 billion."

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