August 4 - A recent IDC study reveals that worldwide revenue from open source software will grow to reach $8.1 billion by 2013. Worldwide revenue from OSS in 2008 was $2.9 billion. Open source refers to software, tools and other applications that allow free and open access to the source code used to write the program. User communities usually support open source development; private companies that sell services to support open source code support other projects; and still other open source code is optimized, supported and distributed by vendors selling hardware that runs open source applications.

Factors that attract users to open source include lower costs and reduced times of development, and reduced dependency on vendor-specific technologies. According to IDC, the market for open source software has accelerated over the past year due to the impact of the current financial crisis and increased acceptance from enterprise software buyers.

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