BENEFITS: Open-source software worth considering

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| Simplicity and features matter, but it’s also worth looking to see which
| programs are “open source” - that is, anybody can download, read and rewrite
| the source code that makes them tick.
| You don’t have to be a programmer to benefit from that freedom: Open-source
| programs often get security fixes and other improvements faster than their
| commercial counterparts. Compare, for instance, the progress of Mozilla
| Firefox versus Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

Open Source GridGain 2.0 Released

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| GridGain 2.0 is open source software licensed under LGPL and Apache 2.0
| licenses.


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| Which all sounds eminently sensible. It also shows how rich open source
| enterprise solutions are becoming, with the prospect of ever-richer ones in
| the future, as more of these cross-company hookups are put in place to solve
| business problems.


Open source to hit $22 billion by 2010. What this means for Red Hat and Novell

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| Interestingly, this number jumps to $41 billion if you add in the $19 billion
| that enterprises will invest in internal open-source development instead of
| wasting it on proprietary software licenses, according to Morgan Stanley... *

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.

Open source funding: the complete picture

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| In addition to VC funding, we also took a look at the amounts raised
| by open source vendors via initial public offerings. These figures
| are not included in the totals of $1.89bn or $2.02bn, but for those
| that are interested, between them Red Hat, VA, Caldera, Mandriva,
| Turbolinux and Trolltech raised $319.9m via their IPOs.

Why do vendors invest in open source?

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| The Harvard Business School has published the preliminary draft
| an interesting report that confirms one thing we probably could
| have guessed - that vendors invest in open source for economic,
| rather than altruistic, reasons - and calculates a number of
| things we probably couldn't - such as the fact that vendors
| invested $2bn in open source software between 1995 and 2005.

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 e22bn,
| 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.