We may have been accustomed with Linux based operating system which is generally available for free from the internet. We also know that despite the licenses permit the commercialization of Linux distribution, they are still being developed and offered for free.
But do you how much money that you need to develop a working Linux operating system, should every component is written from scratch?
USD 1.9 Billion !
That is according to the findings made in 2001, to estimate the cost of developing Debian 2.2 (Potato) from scratch, and that survey was made more that 5 years ago.
Care to estimate the cost of developing your favorite Linux distribution now?
Cost estimates for developing Ubuntu from scratch has been published
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