24% Down, 76% to Go…

Just saw in Matt Asay’s blog (where he cites this article) that about 24% of all software purchases in the last year were for open source of some kind. Not bad, considering the same IDC report last year noted only 10% of purchases going towards OSS.

People have talked about the “perfect storm” for open source: the recession, the limited options following prolonged M&A in some tech sectors, and the continued maturity of OSS solutions equating to the sharp growth.

I’d like to think it is a little of those things, but also would like to think it is simply the fact that IT decision makers are inspecting open source code, and simply seeing that it is a better deal for the long haul.