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Linux Foundation Puts the Cost of Replacing Its Open Source Projects At $5 Billion 146

chicksdaddy writes: Everybody recognizes that open source software incredibly valuable, by providing a way to streamline the creation of new applications and services. But how valuable, exactly? The Linux Foundation has released a new research paper that tries to put a price tag on the value of the open source projects it comprises, and the price they've come up with is eye-popping: $5 billion. That's how much the Foundation believes it would cost for companies to have to rebuild or develop from scratch the software residing in its collaborative projects.

To arrive at that figure, the Foundation analyzed the code repositories of each one of its projects using the Constructive Cost Model (COCOMO) to estimate the total effort required to create these projects. With 115,013,302 total lines of source code, LF estimated the total amount of effort required to retrace the steps of collaborative development to be 41,192.25 person-years — or 1,356 developers 30 years to recreate the code base present in The Linux Foundation's current collaborative projects listed above.

Comment Re:de gustibus non est disputandem (Score 1) 443

and there is really no possible way that anything interesting will result from the conversation

People might inform you of a flavor you have never heard before. And you try it. And it is the best motherfucking ice cream of your life.

Btw, if you go to Italy, look for Grom... it will be the best motherfucking ice cream of your life.

Comment Re:Sounds good to me (Score 4, Interesting) 72

I feel your pain... I left my previous bank because they "improved" the UI with a brain dead design, that required pixel hunting and clicking "next page" until all the records had been displayed for the selected month before being allowed to save as CSV. Btw, the bank I'm talking about is the CGD of Portugal (Caixa Geral de Depositos). Fuck you CGD, please slowly die in a fire.

I made a small script with xdotool to dump all my data before I switched to another bank. It was ugly, but did the job.

Comment Re: better idea (Score 1, Insightful) 166

Sure, just as not long ago murder was an alternative to solve personal conflicts. Fortunately, the evolution of society made it a more costly alternative, as in you'll pay with the restriction of your liberty if you choose it.

To solve the problem of war we would need transparency and real accountability for those who command it, and to remove incentives from the war industry. In other words, remove the opportunity Dick Cheney had, when he made a fortune by making Halliburton's stock skyrocket with his crimes in Iraq.

Comment Re:HOWTO (Score 5, Insightful) 1081

If America wants to execute people, THEY WILL.

Psychopaths sympathize with that statement.

I'm sorry you're too simple minded to understand that some people are not worth letting live

I'm sorry you're too simple minded to realize how flawed your justice system is, and how many innocents had their lives taken by it.

Comment Re:Anonymous speech *is* the problem (Score 1) 367

Westboro Baptist church is about as offensive as a literal-interpretation-Christian organization can get and they are not anonymous.

FTFY. But I bet they still eat shellfish.

[Obligatory plea for God to damn Westboro Church and I'm glad that asshole Fred Phelps is dead.]

That's what Jesus would say. You are indeed a good Christian (I mean, if by "God" you meant Yahweh).

Comment Re:YANIH (Score 3, Insightful) 166

I don't think Bazaar can be included in the NIH set, as upstart and mir can. When they started working on Bazaar, there was no distributed VCS that was as simple and intuitive as what they had implemented. I've used Darcs before switching to Bazaar, and though I don't remember specifics, I remember feeling much more comfortable using bzr. In the end, git is the clear winner of the DVCS race (Mercurial folks might disagree with me), but you can't blame Canonical for investing in their solution (a very good one, imho). Btw, bzr was first released two weeks before git's first release.

Neutrinos are into physicists.