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By the Numbers #3

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Commentary on some of the interesting numbers in the news


(Photo credit: Flickr/morebyless under CC-BY 2.0)


It’s hard to not click on “a heartwarming story about a router,” and Ars Technica’s article about the Linksys WRT54GL router did not disappoint.

Per the article, “Linksys continues to earn millions of dollars per year selling an 11-year-old product without ever changing its specs or design.”

Much of the credit to the model’s continued popularity is due to the router’s support of open source firmware combined with proven reliability. This combination allows the WRT54GL to continue to sell despite being outpaced by the competition on both technical performance measures and price.

From this perspective, the Linksys WRT54GL router is yet another data point in support of RedMonk’s position that open source is good for business.


A jury awarded full damages of $3B to HPE in the company’s case against Oracle; the suit alleges that Oracle was in breach of contract when it decided in 2011 to stop supporting Intel’s Itanium chip in its software products.

And since I’m new to the industry, here’s all the background research I ended up doing to in order to write that sentence:

The violation of this agreement is the basis of the lawsuit, though we can expect Oracle to appeal.

(Many, many thanks to Joe Hildebrand for taking the time to walk me through 64-bit processing. This research was my hydra, where every question led to three more questions until I got all the way back to the 1’s and 0’s.)


Sports Authority auctioned off its IP as part of its Chapter 11 filing. Dick’s Sporting Goods made the winning $15M bid for the company’s 114 million customer records and 25 million opt-in email addresses. As more retailers embrace the importance of data, we can expect consumer information to becoming increasingly more valuable as an asset. We can also expect additional scrutiny around the privacy policies that dictate when and how said information can be disposed of as asset.

Perhaps even closer to my heart, there is no bidder yet for the naming rights to Mile High Stadium.

Disclosure: HPE and Oracle are RedMonk clients.

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