Linux Development Cost estimated at $10B

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  1. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

    GimmeSlack12

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    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-10072567-16.html?part=rss

    I must say it is very pleasing to see the development of an OS like Linux over the many years. Pleasing because it has been done with passion by people who have taken it upon themselves to donate time towards something that, in the long run, can become a competitive choice of software.

    $10 Billion of donated work. That's pretty cool.
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Huh? Did you actually read the article:

    While it is undoubtedly true that a substantial community of volunteers have contributed substantial man-hours to the development of Linux, many others employed by those 200 companies were paid for their work.

    It is also true that just about anyone can download, install, and use Linux free of charge. However, many deployments of the OS in mission critical applications are anything but free. For example, a Dell server running Linux is more expensive than a comparable Apple Xserve running MacOS X Server.
     

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