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US$10.8bn for free software?

By   |  October 23, 2008

How much does it cost to develop a Linux distriubution? The Linux Foundation reckons that if Fedora 9 had to be built from scratch today it would cost US$10.8 billion. In a new whitepaper the foundation has based this on the amount of code in the operating system and the resources needed to reproduce it. The paper says that the Linux kernel itself would have cost close to US$1.5bn to develop. Check out the whitepaper for some interesting reading.



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