IDC: Open source market still immature
While open source adoption will continue to grow, revenues will substantially lag behind the distribution of open source software, says analyst company IDC.
In a new study released last week, IDC said the market for open source software (OSS) is in a significant growth stage. Adoption of OSS will accelerate over the forecast period of 2007 through 2011, as barriers to adoption get knocked down.
According to IDC, worldwide revenue from standalone open source software reached US$1.8 billion in 2006. This revenue will reach US$5.8 billion in 2011, representing a compound annual growth rate of 26 percent from 2006 to 2011.
However, Matt Lawton, program director of IDC’s open source software business models research program, said the development and deployment of OSS is still in the early stages.
Lawton said: “The market is still quite immature, especially now that we see active open source projects in all layers of the software stack. Although we see healthy growth in revenue from standalone open source software, we must keep in mind that revenue will substantially lag behind the distribution of open source software.
“Many distributions of standalone open source software are free, while paid distributions typically are based on pay-as-you-go subscriptions rather than pay-up-front license fees,” he added.
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