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Sixty Percent Of Businesses Use Open Source Software

A new survey has indicated that businesses have fully embraced open source software, realising the reduced costs and flexibility that it offers.

The results of the ‘Future of Open Source Survey’ were announced at the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco, by North Bridge Venture Partners.

The results of the survey indicate that businesses, both in public and private sectors, have embraced open source software and have confidence in open source solutions, PC World reports.

The survey was conducted in a partnership with The 451 Group, including more than 20 collaborators like Red Hat, Cloudera, Acquia and JPMorgan Chase.

Highlighting the growth of open source software, North Bridge revealed that around 60 percent of the survey’s 450 respondents were open source users. The survey also found that around 56 percent of the respondents believe that more than half of the software purchased in the next five years will be open source.

"When we started this survey five years ago, open source was still a movement that was in its nascent stages and its future was promising but still unknown," said Michael Skok, a general partner with North Bridge.

"The results of this year's survey clearly demonstrate that open source has gone mainstream, not just within the vendor community, but within customer organizations of all types and sizes.”