I was pretty excited when OpenLogic announced the Open Source Census. A key aspect of the census was a tool that scanned respondents’ servers to determine which open source products/packages were actually being used. Anonymous data from these individual scans was going to be shared with the public in order to revolutionize our understanding of OSS usage. This would be very important for companies whose IT leaders don’t know that they are using OSS.

However, to date, only ~1300 machines have been scanned.

News from InfoWorld today that Microsoft has also sponsored the Open Source Census is great as this will attract attention to the Census.

If you’re reading this and have not participated in the Open Source Census, why not? What will it take to change your (and your company’s) mind?