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29 September 2009, 15:37

Survey: UK SME's low adoption level for open source

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A recent survey of small and medium sized businesses in Europe shows the UK trailing far behind France and Germany in terms of open source adoption. The survey, performed by TNS Gallup for Sun's MySQL division, surveyed 637 European businesses with less than 500 employees. Adoption in the UK was measured at 34 per cent, compared to France at 72 per cent and Germany at 68 per cent. Only Sweden had a lower adoption rate at 33 per cent.

The results for how much of companies' IT infrastructure is based on open source showed a similar pattern nationally, and looking forward two years, the survey found that in the UK, 48 per cent of companies still expect not to use open source software. The survey also confirmed the general perception that the primary driver for open source is cost saving; overall 60 per cent of respondents cited it as a motivator, followed by 38 per cent citing freedom from lock-in and 26 per cent pointing to flexibility.


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