Economic impact of open source software on innovation and the competitiveness
in the EU

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| The existing base of quality free (FLOSS) applications with reasonable
| quality control and distribution would cost firms almost Euro 12 billion to
| reproduce internally. This code base has been doubling every 18-24 months
| over the past eight years, and this growth is projected to continue for
| several more years.
`---- set to kick off in Melbourne

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| Melbournites beware, Linus Torvalds and his colony of penguins are arriving
| in force for the annual Free and Open Source Software
| conference,


European spend on open source software hits 22bn Euros

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| Rishab Ghosh, a senior researcher at the UN University in Maastricht,
| will tell the Open Ireland conference in Dublin that the spend in the
| US on free/libre or open source software (FLOSS) stands at 36bn
| Euros and accounts for 20pc of software spend in the US.

Source of the revolution

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| According to Ghosh, the notional value of Europe's investment in
| free/libre or open source software (FLOSS) today is Euro 22bn,
| representing 20.5pc of the region's total software investment.
| Spending on OSS stands at e36bn and accounts for 20pc of software
| expenditure in the US.