This report is pret­ty cool. The empha­sis was added by myself.

The open source soft­ware phe­nom­e­non has spread far beyond Lin­ux and is gain­ing enor­mous momen­tum, accord­ing to an IDC study of over 5,000 devel­op­ers in 116 coun­tries, rep­re­sent­ing 38 devel­op­er net­works. The ana­lysts found open source soft­ware being used by 71 per­cent of the devel­op­ers in the world and in pro­duc­tion at 54 per­cent of their organ­i­sa­tions. Half of the glob­al devel­op­ers claim that the use of open source is increas­ing in their organ­i­sa­tions.

The study declares that open source soft­ware rep­re­sents the most sig­nif­i­cant all-encom­pass­ing and long-term trend that the soft­ware indus­try has seen since the ear­ly 1980s. IDC believes that open source will even­tu­al­ly play a role in the life-cycle of every major soft­ware cat­e­go­ry, and will fun­da­men­tal­ly change the val­ue propo­si­tion of pack­aged soft­ware for cus­tomers.

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