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From sebb <>
Subject Re: Fwd: A $5B Value: The Code in Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects
Date Thu, 01 Oct 2015 09:12:27 GMT
On 1 October 2015 at 08:19, David Nalley <> wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 1:02 PM, Ross Gardler
> <> wrote:
>> This whole process is nonsense
> In general I agree - CoCoMo is the worst model for valuation (except
> for all of the others)
>> What is important is what economic value does the code produce. If we look at it
that way I'd say our code (and that of LF for that matter) is worth many, many $B more than
these numbers imply. The HTTPd project, for example, drives over 50% of the web - what's the
value of the web?
> Yes, the important measure for us as a non-profit charity, and what we
> should be highlighting is our impact on the world. 8 Trillion in
> commerce will traverse the web this year, and roughly 50% of that will
> be served by httpd - so $4T through a single project alone. The impact
> is huge, not just in the web server space, but in Big Data, NoSQL,
> Java, etc.

I'm sure the value of httpd is large, but let's not forget that it is
only a (small) part of the equation.
There is lots of other software that is needed in order to sell stuff.
For example, the web pages themselves, payment systems etc.
Not to mention the physical systems to host the servers - and to deliver goods.
All are necessary in order to make the system work.

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