A recent study from research outfit IDC Corp. has found that the market for standalone open source software (OSS) is growing significantly — but don’t expect revenues to keep up with adoption rates.

The study found that worldwide revenue from standalone OSS reached $1.8 billion in 2006. This revenue will climb to $5.8 billion in 2011, representing a compound annual growth rate of 26 per cent from 2006 to 2011, IDC predicted. IDC defined standalone OSS as being distributed or sold on its own, rather than being embedded in or sold as a complementary offering with other software.

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