October 30, 2003

Man Bites Dog: Counting Linux In

In management, you get what you measure. In volume sales, you get what the press reports. In the case of Linux installs, what the press reports is
license sales numbers -- and letting that continue would be a terrible mistake, hurting everyone who is involved with open-source products like Linux.
If you sell products, measuring those sales in terms of dollars during some reporting cycle -- like a quarterly or annual period -- makes perfect
sense. It's dollars you're interested in and so dollars you measure. That's not true, however, for the open-source community. If you give away the
product, then usage is the only measure that counts.

Link: linuxinsider.com


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