The report uses data from two different sources, Opteros (a consulting firm) and BusinessWeek Online. Operos conducted a study where they found that 87% of organizations in their study group are now using open-source software. BusinessWeek Online polled experts, investors, early adopters, and entrepreneurs to determine the five biggest open-source events of 2005 and what we could expect to see in 2006. Their responses:
- Red Hat proves that it can make money from free software. Furthermore, Wall Street is bullish about next years prospects for the coming year.
- Sun Microsystem open sourcing everything except for Java. Several experts expect that Sun may opensource Java in 2006.
- Motorola announced that Linux would be its standard operating system for the bulk of its future phones. If Open Source Development Labs makes good progess on a mobile version of Linux then 2006 may see other handset makers join Motorola.
- Firefox goes mainstream as it marked it's 1,000,000 downloads in October. Many now believe that Linux desktop programs will be popular in emerging countries in Asia and South America.
- Venture capitalists started investing in open source to the tune of an estimated $400 million USD. The expectation is that these open source product and support companies will have to put up some numbers in 2006 or they won't be able to raise money in 2006.