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Will Open Source Developers be Well Paid?

Jul 06, 2007, 16:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Maguire)

"By his own description, Dirk Riehle is a major fan of open source software. Riehle, leader of the open source research group at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California, spends countless hours theorizing about the economics of this emerging software trend.

"He's the author of The Economic Motivation of Open Source Software, a scholarly article that describes significant shifts in the software business. Datamation spoke with him about how these shifts are shaping the pay levels of open source developers.

"To understand Riehle's thesis, you have to understand how he uses the term 'Committer.' A Committer in an open source project is a leading developer, someone who shapes the growth of that project, in contrast to regular developers, who work as contributors. However, Riehle notes, the line between these two positions--the level of influence and responsibility--is far from clear..."

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