"Amanda McPherson: That's a good question. I actually
think this study, while very interesting to those who make
investments in Linux, is also very interesting to end users. Why?
Because they are able to make use of $10 billion in R&D,
usually for free. The Value of Linux paper demonstrates the
benefits of the collaborative development model. For Linux users,
this means they're getting fast release cycles, low-cost support
and flexibility in their operating system. They also realize that
they're sitting on an amazingly valuable piece of software that can
be used in whatever way they see fit."