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 31 Mar 2011 01:26 UTCThu 31 Mar 2011 - 1:26 am UTC 

I'm looking for some adoption statistics for open source software.  This data might include:
1. number of customers
2  number of installations (instances of the software)
3. location (specific country or region)

extra credit data might include
4. was it the free version or did they buy a licensed fee based copy (e.g. free Linux vs Redhat)
5. any information on the customer such as Fortune 500, 100 or no Fortune at all



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 31 Mar 2011 02:31 UTCThu 31 Mar 2011 - 2:31 am UTC 

Hi sgordon!

Does the question includes the mobile market or just the desktop PC  industry? It seems that the market for Linux in the PC market isn't that big. Last year there were debates if the Linux revolution is dead.

"Is the Linux desktop dream dead?"





 31 Mar 2011 04:03 UTCThu 31 Mar 2011 - 4:03 am UTC 

I'm primarily interested in products that are part of the IT infrastructure of an enterprise.  These might include linux OS for servers, mysql databases, apache web servers and the like.  So if there is a way to find a common list of "enterprise software" that comes from open source lineage (fee or free) and you can fill in the counts and geographic data that may be good enough.


Bobbie Sevens 


 1 Apr 2011 16:11 UTCFri 1 Apr 2011 - 4:11 pm UTC 


There are some adoption statistics in the following articles.

"Worldwide more than 350 million consumers use open source software products and thousands of enterprises use open source code."

Gartner Survey Reveals More than Half of Respondents Have Adopted Open-Source Software Solutions as Part of IT Strategy
February 8, 2011

Open Source Software Hits a Strategic Tipping Point
March 9, 2011

Open Source Software Market Growing: Driven by Quality As Well As Cost-Accenture Study
August 06, 2010

A Primer on Europe for US-based Open Source Organizations

Is this the kind of information you're looking for?



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