June 21, 2001

More than a gigabuck: Estimating GNU/Linux's size

Author: JT Smith

David A. Wheeler has published his analysis of GNU/Linux source code, and has come up with some rather interesting results: "In particular, it would cost over $1 billion ($1,000 million - a Gigabuck) to develop this Linux distribution by conventional proprietary means in the U.S. (in year
2000 U.S. dollars). Compare this to the $600 million estimate for Red Hat Linux version 6.2 (which had been released about one year earlier)."


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