So this idea struck up in my mind when I saw a recent post about what actually is the original market share of Linux.The post gives great insights into how the market share is being computed and frankly IMHO there are significant amount of discrepancies in calculating that for couple of reasons, major one of them being that many people pay for it & many get paid .
We use open source softwares daily in our life the fact is we just don’t know about it. Most of the people using Android on there smart-phones out their don’t even know its open source. People tend to buy sh!+ (sorry had to put this) for few bucks rather then trying FOSS(Free open source software) just cause it hurts their standards & corporate world has taught them that nothing comes for free.
Not going deep into that never ending debate, the question arises, well we are some way or another attached to FOSS then what actually is the real value of FOSS we are using. Another reason for this post was that I was really wanted to figure out what if all these OSS were paid.
- Java (Programming Language)
- Apache (Web-Server used in more than 50% Websites Worldwide)
- Mozilla Firefox (Most popular Browser Worldwide)
- Almost all Linux OS ( including Ubuntu)
- Bittorrent (File Sharing Technology)
- And an unending list for softwares
are all open source and yes I’m not kidding..!!! 8)