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What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

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Less than I had assumed, now that I think about it
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Do the things I fix on my parents' computer count?
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What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

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  • Mobile software (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 29, 2013 @12:45PM (#44707643)

    Remember to include the software running on your phones and tablets. That's what lowers the percentage for me.

  • by pr0fessor (1940368) on Thursday August 29, 2013 @01:52PM (#44708423)

    If you go by title then I am around 80% if you go by install size then probably closer to 20%... M$ needs to go on weight watchers it software is obese.

  • Wow! Wrong! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 29, 2013 @03:30PM (#44709519)
    Most of you folks are wrong about the percentage that is open source. Are all of the web services you use open source? That is software. It is SaaS, but it is software. Online banking? Software. Social Network? Software. Even if it is just a news site, it is probably software since most sites are very heavy with Javascript these days. Now, you all use slashdot - that is actually open source. Most web sites are not.
  • Re:Wow! Wrong! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by RedHackTea (2779623) on Thursday August 29, 2013 @04:26PM (#44710139)

    That's a philosophical question. When I go to facebook via my web browser, facebook is not the software. My web browser is the software. When I view the page, the web browser displays the HTML/CSS appropriately while running the JS. However, facebook's server does send me this data, and I indirectly use the server's database. If I always use an open source web browser and then I go to a proprietary site, does it nullify it? But, of course, you are providing money to the proprietary sites either via advertising or actual money.

    Also, although facebook may not be open source, they have contributed to things like Memcached and have created Hiphop for PHP and use Linux servers. Linux servers are also more dominant in the market place.

    This is also a very variable statistic. They may decide to switch servers (Linux/BSD vs MS/Apple). They may decide to switch programming languages/frameworks/libraries (RoR/PHP vs C#/ASP). They may decide to switch maps (Google vs Bing). How many sites use NodeJS or AngularJS or use Google Maps?

    I think because this statistic is too hard to track that it should be left out for now.

  • Re:Not Many (Score:4, Insightful)

    by anarcobra (1551067) on Friday August 30, 2013 @08:10AM (#44715253)
    I did actually look. Apparently I suck at reading.
  • by hankwang (413283) on Friday August 30, 2013 @09:17AM (#44715639) Homepage

    i think they meant by actual time used

    Actually I think the slashdot editors deliberately make the poll questions a bit ambiguous. That way, you get more discussion. :-)

"In the face of entropy and nothingness, you kind of have to pretend it's not there if you want to keep writing good code." -- Karl Lehenbauer


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