What else did Evans survey say?

We're going to see a lot more desktop Linux, despite the current lack of hardware sales. We're going to see a major migration to Linux, once organizations gain more knowledge of it. Apache is the very model of a modern major software outfit.

Happy Feet, from the Wii game
By now you've doubtless seen the headline:

Well, like a tap-dancing one, anyway. (Happy Feet won the Oscar for best animated film of 2006. What do you think Bill Gates thought when a penguin cartoon took home the gold?)

Evans Data surveyed 380 open source developers, and the headline was that two-thirds will avoid GPLv3 over the next year, and 43% now say they'll never use it.

It's the Windows Vista of open source software licenses! Well, maybe. Software licenses have become more like software itself. You never know what bugs there are right out of the box.  And the GPLv2 license works well, so why upgrade?

It's the other survey findings I found more interesting:

  • Apache has the best reputation among open source projects.
  • Fully one-third of open source developers are working on desktop applications.
  • What most holds back Linux migration is lack of skills within the enterprise.

These are very cool findings indeed. We're going to see a lot more desktop Linux, despite the current lack of hardware sales. We're going to see a major migration to Linux, once organizations gain more knowledge of it. Apache is the very model of a modern major software outfit.

Almost makes one want to tap dance.

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