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Free and Open Source Software Developers Working for Free (Economics 101)

Sep 25, 2007, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Walli)

"One still occasionally hears people wonder why free and open source software developers 'work for free.' We aren't talking about developers that work at a company or university. We're talking about all the others that aren't being paid a salary to develop this software. This came up again at the end of the week when Matt Asay commented on the latest Linux contribution numbers published by Jonathon Corbett.

"Lots of non-developers will be scratching their head at the 15% unaffiliated contributions. But here's the clue. No one is working for free in an economic sense..."

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