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Open Source Gains Popularity

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Open source use has made inroads into the public and private sectors in the US and has resulted in cost savings for companies of all sizes, a research led by Optaros Inc. has found.

Considering these savings and other benefits, the companies expect to use more open source software over the next five years and decrease their use of commercial software packages in their organisations.

The research firm sampled 512 US businesses, organisations and government agencies, of which a clear majority of 87 per cent used open source, with the Linux operating system, the Apache web server and Web browsers among the most popular applications.

"Organisations with annual revenue of more than $1 billion saved an average $3.3 million in 2004 from their open source software," Optaros said.

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