The Standish Group (Who's that?) is reporting that open source is robbing those poor, starving proprietary software companies of $60 billion in revenue each year. From the report:
Open Source software is raising havoc throughout the software market. It is the ultimate in disruptive technology, and while to it is only 6% of estimated trillion dollars IT budgeted annually, it represents a real loss of $60 billion in annual revenues to software companies.
It took me a few minutes to dry my eyes and control my emotions long enough to say,
I hope so. But I doubt it.
I hope so because $60 billion out of proprietary software vendors' pockets is $60 billion back into customers' pockets where it belongs. But I doubt it because, as Sean Michael Kerner suggests, open source likely contributes far more to proprietary software vendors than it "steals."
Either way, Where I End and You Begin"), it's very likely that open source is having a far bigger impact on the industry than the proprietary vendors would like to pretend. (Cue the last lines of Radiohead's "
I'll be reading the full report in short order and will report on those dastardly open-source Robin Hoods soon enough. In the meantime, pass me a Kleenex.