That's one of the more surprising, and inescapable conclusions, I drew from checking out the Red Hat "open source maps" created by Georgia Tech. (Go Jackets.)
The maps are the outgrowth of a joint project called the Open Source Potential Index Project, headed by Tech professor Douglas Noonan. (Paul M.A. Baker Ph.D writes to say he did the heavy lifting.)
- Brazil's activity level is higher than its actual support for the software.
- Russia's is just the opposite.
- Canada's environment for open source isn't great, but it is extremely active.
- China and India are not nearly as dominant as you think. Neither government has yet matched deeds to words.
If government rhetoric and claims of support can boost a national open source community then change is coming. A great experiment has begun and I hope the map is redone in a few years so we can visualize the results.
Check them out yourself. They're fun.