The Middle Kingdom in the Middle of Open Source

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It's generally hard to get a clear idea of what's happening in the enterprise open source market, since things are changing so quickly, and open source adoption often happens in the background, without fanfare.

This makes any market research on the subject welcome. Actuate's 4th annual survey is particularly valuable, because this year it includes China, an even more mysterious sector.

The results are pretty encouraging, as the press release makes evident:

China reveals high adoption rates with a large majority of those surveyed (80.3%) using open source software. In all regions surveyed the main perceived benefit of open source software is no licence costs. However access to source code was uniquely given a 72.6% rating by Chinese respondents.

The UK, by contrast, continues to depress:

The UK shows little change since last year with just over two fifths (42.1%) already using open source software. Significantly the UK continues to demonstrate a degree of reticence towards open source adoption with almost a quarter (22.4%) still monitoring developments but not yet evaluating.

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