The Census of Canada 2011

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.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to The Census of Canada 2011

  1. Robert Thompson says:

    I don’t think it’s even necessary to respond to the trolls who complain that they can’t make money from FLOSS. Free enterprise works because of the opposite. Everyone in the supply chain for everything in the economy is constantly striving to do things better, faster, cheaper. The economists call this productivity improvement. It’s what allows an economy to grow. Without it, economies — and societies — die. Anyone who makes their living from unnecessary, parasitic activity is an enemy of society. Especially MCSE’s.

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