[PLUG] Fedora 9 valued at $10.8B

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Sat Oct 25 15:47:36 PDT 2008


Aditya Godbole wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 10:11 PM, Rahul Sundaram
>  wrote:
>> Aditya Godbole wrote:
>>> On Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 7:19 PM, Rahul Sundaram
>>>  wrote:
>>>
>>>> "Have you got some loose change in your pocket, and dreams of building a
>>>> better operating system? It would take about 25 years, nearly 60,000
>>>> developer-years, and $10.8B to re-create a distribution like Fedora 9,
>>>> according to a new report from the Linux Foundation. "
>>>>
>>> The value is equal to the cost? Great!
>> Nah. You got to read the entire report for caveats on how the
>> calculation works.
> 
> All I saw on the site was the cost of making a software collection like Fedora.
> Here is the conclusion on the report -
> "Using this approach, we estimate that it would take $10.8 billion to
> develop the Linux distribution Fedora 9 by traditional proprietary
> means in year 2008 dollars."
> 
> I don't think thats the value.

http://www.linuxfoundation.org/publications/estimatinglinux.php

You might want to search for "value" in there and read it entirely.

Rahul



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