[News] Australian Free Software Industry as a Whole Claimed Worth Half a Billion AUD

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Apr 1, 2008, 9:46:41 PM4/1/08
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Australian open source industry worth $500 million

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| "The industry as a whole is earning $500 million," said Jeff Waugh,
| co-founder of Waugh Partners, which conducted the survey online late last
| year. "Directly open source related earnings are about $300 million, but the
| reason why we're distinguishing between these numbers is the industry is not
| just companies that build open source software. They also use open source
| products to support other parts of their business as well."
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| Waugh said the figure was calculated by taking the midpoint earnings figures
| specified by companies who took part, and extrapolating over the broader ICT
| industry using existing data such as surveys by the Australian Bureau of
| Statistics and Australian Computer Society. Waugh Partners estimates the
| respondents represent about a quarter of the overall industry.
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http://www.apcmag.com/australian_open_source_industry_worth_500_million.htm

That's even a higher estimate than before.


Days ago:

Open source increases its share

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| BUSINESS generated directly from open source software in Australia is worth
| about $300 million a year, with government a large contributor to the pie, a
| study shows.  
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http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,,23462470-5013040,00.html?from=public_rss


Local Government Urged to Consider Open Source

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| The senior IT officer from a West Australian shire says open source software
| can provide a way forward for councils suffering budgetary constraints.
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http://www.cio.com.au/index.php/id;546692901


Related:

Governments slammed for anti-competitive software tendering practices    

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| A leading Australian open source advocate has called for an end for to
| tender lock-outs of competitors to Microsoft, claiming the practice
| is costing Australian taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each
| year.
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http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/11496/53/


Feds revise IT procurement model

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| The federal government has launched version two of the SourceIT
| model contracts and user notes aimed at simplifying procurement of
| information technology 12 months after the first version.
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http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.php?id=805606582&rid=-50


Governments Must Reject Gates' $3 Bid to Addict Next Billion PC Users

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| "Microsoft's strategy of getting developing nations hooked on its
| software was clearly outlined by Bill Gates almost a decade ago," said
| Con Zymaris, CEO of long-standing open source firm Cybersource.
|
| Specifically, Bill Gates, citing China as an example, said:
|  
|   "Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but
|   people don't pay for the software," he said. "Someday they will, though.
|   As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.
|   They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to
|   collect sometime in the next decade."[1]
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http://www.cybersource.com.au/press/gates_set_to_addict_next_billion.html

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