Linux Foundation: the kernel is worth $1.4 billion

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Ars Technica writes

The Linux Foundation has published the results of a study that the organization conducted in order to compute the approximate financial value of the Linux platform. Based on the results of the study, the Linux Foundation has concluded that it would cost $1.4 billion to develop the Linux kernel from scratch and $10.8 billion to develop the complete platform stack.

Even though this is just a very rough estimate (based on the volume of code) it's still a handy figure. The full study (which includes a discussion of the limitations of its methodology) can be found here.