A report from LinuxWorld provides evidence of the growing value we already get from community driven projects:
At the LinuxWorld expo in San Francisco, analyst Jay Lyman of the 451 Group spoke about the potential for enterprise adoption of Ubuntu and the impact that community-driven Linux distributions will have on the market.
Companies are increasingly choosing free community-driven Linux distributions instead of commercial offerings with conventional support options.
By the way, the term ubuntu comes from the same South African tribe headed by Chief Jongintaba, which also shaped the character of Nelson Mandela. It stands for a quality of mutual responsibility and compassion.