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How are Open Source Software Projects Surviving the Recession?

Aug 09, 2009, 15:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd Weiss)

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"Maybe not too badly, according to an anecdotal, unscientific survey of three well-known projects--KDE.org, GNOME.org and SourceForge.net.

"Though these projects are merely just a snapshot of all the thousands of open source projects out there, they are among the most popular and can arguably be viewed as barometers of the overall community.

"Aaron Seigo, a full-time KDE.org developer who is sponsored by Oslo, Norway-based Qt Software, said KDE.org isn't seeing any big drops in its contributors, despite the economy.

""We track these numbers pretty closely," Seigo said. "The one effect we have seen is that people have had a harder time coming to our in-person conferences. Travel is more expensive lately and people tend not to travel so much when things are tighter.""

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