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[News] Free Software Becomes Game of Big Business

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Open-Source Software Gains As Moneymaker 

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| IBM has 1,000 programmers who work on open-source projects full-time. Much of 
| the IBM Lotus suite of collaboration software is based on Linux, says Inna 
| Kuznetsova, IBM's director of Linux strategy.  
| "Open source allows you to get certain technologies developed in a cheaper 
| and faster manner," she said. "Open standards can benefit all companies and 
| developers."  



NEWS: Linux Developers Make A Living

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| Yes, I said paid professionals.
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| McPherson also notes that “it’s difficult for most people to get their minds 
| around competitive mass collaboration.” Indeed, this is what the freedom 
| afforded by Linux is all about. People (and companies) contribute not for 
| humanitarian reasons, but because they expect a benefit. Work together to 
| create the best platform, openly usable by everyone, and if it still doesn’t 
| meet your needs perfectly, you are free to change it accordingly. Everyone 
| wins. No compromises.      


Linux kernel developers have tripled in number

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| The Linux Foundation (LF) has published a study on Linux mainline kernel 
| development. According to LF, the number of Linux kernel developers has 
| tripled since 2005, with many more companies contributing to the process 
| (including, potentially, the latest new LF member, Adobe).   



Linux Will Be Worth $1 Billion In First 100 Days of 2009

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| The kernel development process is adding 2,000 lines of code a day or roughly 
| another 160,000 by the end of 2007. By the end of 2008, it will have added 
| another 730,000. So the kernel will have close to 6.4 millions lines of code, 
| using Wheeler's methodology, at the end of next year. Sometime during the 
| first 100 days of 2009, Linux will cross the 6.6 million lines of code mark 
| and $1 billion in value.     

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