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

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

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  • Re:Mobile software (Score:4, Interesting)

    by mu22le (766735) on Thursday August 29, 2013 @12:54PM (#44707727) Homepage Journal

    now that I think about it, you are right :(

  • by AliasMarlowe (1042386) on Thursday August 29, 2013 @02:23PM (#44708839) Journal

    On our PCs at home, it's in the 80% or more category. We have a few closed-source applications (Linux versions of Mathematica, Bibble Pro, etc.), and there are some binary blobs in the video drivers, but everything else is FOSS, both applications and OS.

    On our telephones, the open source fraction is much lower. Android is partly open source, but most of the applications are proprietary and closed. There are some exceptions: VLC, Firefox, ssh, AVG, and a few others are FOSS.

    On our work PCs, we have some open source applications (GIMP, Inkscape, VLC, etc.) but the OS is Windows, and most of the applications are closed source. Currently even Firefox and Chromium are disallowed by corporate policy, and cannot be installed or run. I expect it to get worse, and for more FOSS software to be blocked.

  • Re:Wow! Wrong! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 29, 2013 @04:02PM (#44709811)

    Don't forget to examine the software running on the server, without which the software-as-a-service would be unusable. If, for example, someone were running a proprietary app on a LAMP stack, it should really count as 80% open source.

  • by CalRobert (2451626) on Friday August 30, 2013 @08:13PM (#44721233)
    Since the whole point of open source is being able to see what the code is doing, does obfuscated JS count? After all everything's open source if you go to a low enough level; just decap the chip. While common libraries (jQuery, etc.) are open-source and reduced down to minimized versions, much software on the web, even if "open source", would be a pain to actually look at.

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