"IDC's latest data is hardly surprising. No major barriers remain for deploying open source on a mass basis. I expect that the IDC predictions will be widely surpassed, as open source moves beyond early adopters to mainstream users looking for openness and value. Funambol is accelerating the adoption of open source by providing wireless carriers around the world with mobile email for the masses that is better, faster and cheaper than proprietary alternatives."
- Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO, Funambol
"JasperSoft agrees that opens source software is in a significant growth stage. We know that successful open source projects, like JasperServer and JasperReports, are seeing enormous traction in the market and are multiplying their revenues each quarter. One reason is that open source can take advantage of emerging global channels and reach markets that proprietary solutions simply cannot."
- Paul Doscher, CEO, JasperSoft
"The IDC numbers reflect a realization by the market that open source software is addressing the long-running frustrations customers have with proprietary software. A good part of the explosive (and non-stop) growth is due to the fact that the OSS model wasn't designed to help a single company, but rather an entire ecosystem: IT execs, CFOs, developers and end users. IDC calls this an immature market. Well, we've already seen the disruption this immature market has had not only on the software industry, but also on the industries it serves. Open source has the momentum of a freight train -- one I'm glad I'm on and not standing in front of like my proprietary competitors."
- Gerald Labie, CEO, Open-Xchange
"Obviously the IDC numbers are indicative of the overall upwards trajectory of open source software. This is great news and helps to spread understanding about the strengths of open source. I'm concerned, however, that by focusing on 'standalone' software, IDC has missed what I consider to be perhaps the hottest growing segment within open source software: Software as a Service (SaaS). Call it 'on-demand,' call it 'portals,' call 'ASP,' even. This type of open source software usage is harder to measure but is having a dramatic impact on small- to medium-sized businesses, both for management that assesses and buys software and for end-users taking advantage of browser-based app use and development. I hope and expect IDC to cover open source SaaS in future reports."
- Tad Gordon, CEO, Lumen Software