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Numbers, Volume 49

While we “don’t do numbers” here at RedMonk, I come across many interesting ones each week. Here are some:

It can’t have been that simple, right?

“Our estimate for the Sun business contribution income comes in at over $400 million for our first full quarter after the merger,” said Oracle president Safra Catz. “This compared to the loss in Sun’s quarter ending June of last year when Sun was an independent company.”

Indeed, Sun was disastrously loss making in the financial quarters preceeding its acquisition. In October 2008, the company reported a quarterly loss of $1.7 billion thanks to an acquisition write-down.

Oracle has instigated a number of measures to turn the Sun business around. One of these was to cut out the channel partners in its 4,000 most valuable customer engagements, instead selling to those customers directly.

Open Source Revenue – RedHat

The poster child for the commercial open source model Red Hat today reported revenues of $209.1 million for the first quarter of its new financial, up 20% from the same period of last year…. Net profit for the quarter rose 30% to $24.1 million.

The Register has more numbers and details, like employee count, cash on hand, etc.

Hey, it’s a lot of work

Helios spans 39 project teams, with 490 committers working on more than 33 million lines of code. Four years ago, the Callisto release train coordinated just 10 teams with 260 committers and seven million lines of code, hailed in 2006 as “a major undertaking”.

The Passion Lives

Following yesterday’s pre-order disaster for the iPhone 4, Apple has just announced that along with AT&T and carrier partners outside of the US it took pre-orders for more than 600,000 for the latest phone. It was the largest number of pre-orders the company has ever taken in a single day, and according to Apple, far higher than they anticipated.

Getting to a $350M evaluation

SM: How did [Nimsoft’s] revenue ramp?

GR: In 2006 we had $10 million, in 2007 we had $17 million, in 2008 it was $25 million, and in 2009 we had $32 million.

Jive’s Social Business Revenue

[Jive is] doing sales in the range of $75,000-$150,000 per company, on average, but the dollar amount is increasing. He’s done ten $1 million deals and four of those came in the last two quarters. The company has 3,000 customers, 15 million users, and will end the year on a $100 million run-rate. Considering that a few years ago open source darlings like Jboss were valued at hundreds-of-millions of dollars when they were doing less than $50 million in revenue, that’s a decent software business.


After just nine days, Condé Nast’s magazine Wired is reporting an astonishing feat: the sales of its iPad edition are set to surpass those of its print edition. The New York Observer reports that just a little over a week after its initial release, the magazine’s iPad edition has already sold 79,000 copies. Considering that Wired’s newsstand sales average around 80,000 a month, it seems safe to assume at this point that the sales of the iPad edition will soon surpass those of the print edition.

Now they’re up to “more than 90,000” copies and launching a Gourmet iPad app.

Developing Desktops

For the 2010 [Eclipse community] report, 32.7 percent of survey respondents reported that they used Linux as their development operating system. The 2010 figure is an increase over the 2009 study when 26.9 percent of respondents identified Linux as their development platform operating system of choice. Overall, Windows remains the top development platform in Eclipse’s study at 58.3 percent, which is a decline from the 64.3 percent reported for 2009.

Disclosure: The Eclipse Foundation is a client.

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