This, they say, is the amount of money open source is costing proprietary software companies. Every year!
Where does the number come from? Well software is a $1 trillion market worldwide and open source has a 6% market share...
The press release also has this great quote from the head of Oracle's OnDemand unit, whose book is called "The End of Software." "It is a shocking examination of Open Source usage by commercial and government organizations," he says.
Real bedtime reading. I'm sure Bill Gates is using it right now to explain to his kids why they're not going to be richer than he is. Ever. Unless they get out there and compete. (Good on him for that.)
Why my snark? This is not news. Everyone knows that open source is becoming pervasive, that it's taking real market share away from proprietary companies, and that many open source firms are growing at a healthy clip.
OK, if you absolutely must have some numbers, these are numbers. Despite all the hullaballoo over open source, everything we've written, said and done, we're still just 6% of the market.