This time, residents of Canada will be able to file returns on the web. I did my report today. The first part was cool, just head-counting stuff. Unfortunately, I was selected for the longer form as well and started in on it. I had to dig up numbers for earnings, etc., a bit of a chore. They have a progress bar which inched along very slowly…
It occurred to me that Statistics Canada may be accumulating data on User-Agent strings… It also occurred to me that because they were not explicitly stating that they were analyzing this data, I should send off a request for such information. We shall see. They are a bit stodgy but it might be useful and economically obtained.
Further, I poked around on their site and found some information about software in Canada:
“For the software publishing industry, 44% of the revenues generated in 2009 came from software publishing activities, followed very closely by computer systems design (34%). Data processing and hosting activities, together with other sales, made up the remaining 22% of revenue.
The largest portion of sales for the data processing, hosting and related services industry was generated by the data processing and hosting activity (55%). Software publishing produced another 27%, while the remaining 18% was earned from the combination of computer systems design and other related sales activities.
Among the industry group as a whole, 11.4% of the revenues was attributed to the sales of gaming software products.”
There you have it. The official Canadian data is that the majority of income/revenue from developing software comes not from selling licences but from services. That’s all software, not just FLOSS. Further, gaming is a small fish in the pond. GNU/Linux is not held back by lack of games. So when the trolls here condemn FLOSS because no one can make money from it, or claim GNU/Linux will never succeed because of games, we can now point to non-free software to show that there are other ways to make money from it as well and games are a tiny part of IT, so get off the high horse. People make money in any business any way they can. Diversity is good.