Study: ~50% of Norwegian Software Vendors Integrate FOSS Components

… based on an extensive screening of software companies, with more than 700 responses.

Analysis shows that close to 50% of the software industry integrate OSS components into vertical solutions serving all major business sectors.

In addition, more than 30% of the companies using OSS components have over 40% of their income from OSS related services or software.

This is a portion of the abstract that opens up a recent paper by Øyvind Hauge, a Ph.D. student at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.

The paper is particularly interesting because it focuses on how businesses integrate free software and open source components into software and services that they distribute to customers.

This is an interesting contrast to most similar surveys that study FOSS adoption by businesses, because most surveys of this nature tend to focus on companies using FOSS as infrastructure.

You can grab a copy of the paper at Link to full paper (188 KB PDF)