If you work for a company with more than 1,000 employees in Brazil, the chances are overwhelming that your employer uses open source. Instituto Sem Fronteiras, a Brazilan research firm, surveyed 1,000 companies in late 2007 to figure out the rate and depth of open-source adoption, and discovered that 73 percent of companies with more than 1,000 employees use open source.
It also found that desktop open-source adoption increased 12.4 percent in 2007 by those already using it, while 53 percent still have yet to discover open source on the desktop. Apparently those that have been using it have liked the experience.
Why are these companies using open source? It's largely a matter of cost:
As a possible reason for these companies' interest in open source software, the Institute cited the ability to deploy lower cost platforms that can reduce costs, including reducing costs of security. Additionally, open source technology now has a track record of solid performance that makes adoption easier....
Cost and performance. That's a pretty potent combination. Mardi Gras has got nothing on open source for excitement.