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Why Code For Free? Linux/FOSS Devs Speak!

Jul 29, 2009, 20:02 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"2) Sharing the wealth; a gift culture. If I've written something that I use, that's more than just a scrappy little script, then I think "Wouldn't it be cool if someone else found it useful too?" I get a little warm glow when someone uses my stuff, just like I get a warm glow when someone reads and likes my fan fiction (which is another arena where people don't comprehend why someone would want to do this stuff without being paid for it).

"2a) Positive feedback.
Another aspect of this is positive feedback; with professional coding, it's just a job, people don't *thank* you for it. With FOSS, yes, I've gotten emails with people bitching, but more often I've gotten emails with positive remarks along with the bug reports. I know that *I*, as an individual, am helping people. Which is cool. (and this also is one of the reasons I write fan fiction - the feedback is much closer and much quicker than with pro writing)

"3) My own master.
I can work on what I want, when I want. When I feel like hacking Fvwm, I can do that; when I feel like writing my own static photo album script, I can do that."

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