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Open Source Census Gaining Traction Globally as Enterprises Gain Visibility Into Their Own Open Source Usage

  
  
  

Census Gains New Sponsors and Supporters; Reflects on Initial Two Months' Results

BROOMFIELD, Colo., June 16, 2008 - The Open Source Census, a global, collaborative project to collect and share quantitative data on the use of open source software, today announced that after its first two months, more than 220,000 open source package/project installations have been discovered. Additionally several organizations have joined The Open Source Census at various levels, including: ActiveState, EnterpriseDB, Microsoft, Oregon State University's Open Source Lab, and OSAlt.com (Open Source as Alternative).

"The Open Source Census gives enterprises the chance, for the first time and at no cost, to see what open source software is already installed on their computers and to compare themselves to similar companies," said Kim Weins, senior vice president of products and marketing OpenLogic. "Having this visibility helps with everything from open source governance to plans for buying open source support."

Open Source Census Momentum

As early press reports indicate, The Open Source Census is finding some interesting trends on usage of open source software. The results will continue to become more statistically significant as the pool of scanned computers grows, but some early trends:

Ubuntu is the top Linux distribution on machines scanned to date - Various versions of Ubuntu accounted for almost 50% of all Linux distributions installed on participating machines. Debian accounted for 14%; SUSE Linux accounted for 12% of install base; Fedora Core 7%.

International interest in Census - 66% of machines scanned in the first two months were outside the U.S. U.S. participants represented about one third of participants. Active global participation in the Census came from areas such as Europe, Canada and Australia.

Top open source packages - The top 5 installed open source packages were in order were, Firefox, Xerces, Zlib, Xalan and Prototype.

New Open Source Census Participants

Several new members have joined the Census at various levels, including a new level "Friends of The Open Source Census". New participants at the "Friends" level include ActiveState, EnterpriseDB and OSAlt.com (Open Source as Alternative). New sponsors include Microsoft and Oregon State University Open Source Lab.

"ActiveState was built on open source, and we're excited to support The Open Source Census," said Bart Copeland, CEO of ActiveState. "Open source software offers enterprises flexibility, community development, and increased innovation. The Census is going to shine the light on how much enterprises are actually using open source technologies, including languages like Perl, Tcl and Python."

"There is a growing gap between the expensive proprietary database products available today and the entry-level open source alternatives," said Andy Astor, EVP of Business Development at EnterpriseDB. "We encourage corporations to participate and believe The Open Source Census will show the strong commercial penetration of PostgreSQL."

"Our goal at the Open Source Lab is to facilitate open source communities and the development and distribution of Open Source Software (OSS)," said Jeff Sheltren operations manager at Oregon State University Open Source Lab. "One of the main benefits we see with the Open Source Census is that it allows individuals and enterprises to report their OSS usage data anonymously to a centralized location. The Census data can be used by Open Source Software developers to see how widely used their applications are, while at the same time allowing enterprises to review their OSS usage and compare it to the aggregate data reported by all Census users."

"Microsoft actively participates in open source through Microsoft engineers and product teams, with industry partners, and with OSS projects to develop interoperable solutions that meet customer needs. With the growth of open source development running on Windows -- including major communities like Apache, Firefox, and Eclipse; community development projects on Sourceforge and Codeplex; and partnerships with commercial open source vendors like JBoss, Zend (PHP), SugarCRM, and SpikeSource -- the business opportunities and the choices available to partners and customers on the Windows platform have never been greater," said Sam Ramji, Senior Director, Platform Strategy at Microsoft. "Our customers, partners and developers are working in increasingly heterogeneous environments, and our participation in industry projects like The Open Source Census are relevant for the ecosystem in which we participate."

"On OSAlt.com we show that there are hundreds of open source alternatives to well known proprietary software products," said Anders Ingeman Rasmussen, editor of OSAlt.com. "We believe The Open Source Census will quantify what we see on our site everyday -- that the enterprises are no longer afraid of using open source software."

Open Source Census Founding Members

The Open Source Census was a project established by OpenLogic and launched in April 2008 with and a wide range of sponsors -- including IDC; CollabNet; Holme, Roberts & Owen LLP; Navica; Olliance Group; Open Solutions Alliance; Open Source Business Foundation; and Unisys - to provide improved data on how open source software is used in the enterprise. The Open Source Census also has enlisted advisors from the open source development community, including Jim Jagielski, Chairman of the Apache Foundation and Tony Wasserman, Director, Software Management Program at Carnegie Mellon West.

To contribute data or to see high-level recap of statistics, go to The Open Source Census, go towww.osscensus.org.

The Open Source Census at OSCON

Stormy Peters, Director of Community and Partner Programs for OpenLogic, will lead a session entitled, "OSS Census: Make Open Source Count!" at the Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, Oregon next month. In addition to providing an update and discussing the significance of the Census to the open source community, Peters' talk will focus on the value open source brings to enterprises. The session begins at 4:30pm on Thursday, July 24, 2008.

About The Open Source Census

The Open Source Census is a global, collaborative project to collect and share quantitative data on the use of open source software in enterprise. Founded by OpenLogic, the Open Source Census has a number of sponsors including OpenLogic and IDC. The Open Source Census initiative has open source tools designed to scan individual enterprise computers for all installed open source software. The results of these scans can then be contributed anonymously to the Open Source Census, where the aggregate data is published.