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Study: ~50% of Norwegian Software Vendors Integrate FOSS Components

... based on an extensive screening of software companies, with more than 700 responses.

Analysis shows that close to 50% of the software industry integrate OSS components into vertical solutions serving all major business sectors.

In addition, more than 30% of the companies using OSS components have over 40% of their income from OSS related services or software.

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Zak Greant's OSI Weekly Report 2008 Week 12

This report is a summary of Zak Greant's Open Source Initiative activities for the week of March 23rd to 29th, 2008.

This Week

  • Alolita Sharma, Andrew C. Oliver and I sent the draft infrastructure RFP to the board for review.
  • Worked with the rest of the OSI team on developing the affiliate/membership/somethingship program.

Next Week

Patent owners and Open Source

Are you a patent holder, wondering how to write software which implements your patent? Here's my advice: Patents expire. Towards the end of the patent's lifetime, you want to be trying to transfer the patent's franchise over to the relationship between the patent-holder and the licensee. That can be done with closed-source software, but you risk competitors writing their own software. With Open Source software, as long as you manage the relationship with the user correctly, you end up with a franchise.

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