Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen listed his top twelve reasons for the growth of open source software at the “Open Source in Government” conference:

  1. “The Internet is powered by open source.”
  2. “The Internet is the carrier for open source.”
  3. “The Internet is also the platform through which open source is developed.”
  4. “It's simply going to be more secure than proprietary software.”
  5. “Open source benefits from anti-American sentiments.”
  6. “Incentives around open source include the respect of one's peers.”
  7. “Open source means standing on the shoulders of giants.”
  8. “Servers have always been expensive and proprietary, but Linux runs on Intel.”
  9. “Embedded devices are making greater use of open source.”
  10. “There are an increasing number of companies developing software that aren't software companies.”
  11. “Companies are increasingly supporting Linux.”
  12. “It's free.”