Being a small group does not mean that the open source community is not important. The technology industry needs this community. The industry needed it in 1991 when proprietary Unix systems ruled the datacenter. The industry needed it in 2002 when Internet Explorer ruled the web and Microsoft was trying to control both the web servers and the browsers, and the industry needs us now as a driver of innovation and an alternative in the mobile market. The web that we know today would not have existed without open source, and open source would not exist without a vocal minority to keep moving forward.
– Jon Buys at OStatic responding to Benedict Evans’ attempt to estimate the number of Android users that care about openness.