Gartner confirms the growing importance of open source software stating, "...by 2012, more than 90 per cent of enterprises will use open source in direct or embedded forms". Open source promoters dispute the Gartner claims as too conservative. Promoters also feel Gartner has drastically underestimated the pervasiveness of open source. A discussion of the Gartner report can be found here.
The Standish Group, with no apparent irony, released a $1,000 per copy report this week that names open source software as the utlimate in disruptive technology. It states, "...if open-source products and services were calculated at commercial prices, open source as a whole would be equivalent to the largest software company in the world, with revenues exceeding the combined income of Microsoft, Oracle and Computer Associates." If you don't have $1,000 to pony up for the report, you can read about it here.