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[News] Vision Says Free Software to Win Entirely

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2020 vision: What’s next for news

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| Open Source wins. Open Source solutions and platforms will push proprietary 
| systems to the brink simply because of the rate at which they adapt to change 
| and innovation. Pay attention to the Big Media attempt to monetize this Open 
| Source principle through the proliferation of news APIs, but don’t expect it 
| to succeed unless these APIs give developers and end-users more freedom.    



Free software will win. Eventually.

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| Making dramatic statements always implies a need to “back” them (or “prove” 
| them) with facts, data, statistics. However, a statement like “Free software 
| works better than proprietary software” is so broad, anybody can prove it and 
| disprove it at will. It depends on which angle you take, which area, and what 
| your comparison terms are. However, I would like to add an important keyword 
| to that sentence: “Free software works better than proprietary software”. 
| That easily-missed word shyly hiding in brackets makes all the difference.      



Open Source Profits During A Recession

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| Over the past few months there's been a lot of talk about the possibility of 
| a recession. And for those of you working in various aspects of the IT 
| sector, job security is certainly a concern. This type of financial climate 
| change can often lead to a difference in the software buying habits of the 
| casual computer user and those in the business world.    


Enterprise IT spending is on the decline...Is that why open source is booming?

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| It will be interesting to see how long the economic malaise will persist, and 
| what will happen when it lifts. I expect to see open-source companies firmly 
| entrench themselves during the downturn, thereby positioning themselves to 
| scoop up the extra cash that will flow in the economy's resurgence.   
| There's never been a better time to be in open source. Why? When budgets 
| tighten, companies get smarter with their IT budgets. Smart money buys open 
| source.  


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.


Some Enterprises Will Delay New PCs for Vista

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| Enterprises already planning new PC deployments, as part of regular 
| cyclical upgrades, are likely to delay them for 12 months or more
| because of Windows Vista.
| The finding is one of several from an In-Stat report issued on May
| 23. In-Stat wouldn't provide a copy of the report, but its author,
| senior analyst Ian Lao, spoke with Microsoft Watch this afternoon. 

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