"Some people worry that free software/open source movement leads
to the developers being a new 'workers' class exploited by the free
software companies. In the time when big companies such as RedHat,
Sun, HP, Novell etc. are proving how economically viable open
source business model can be, some people wonder what's up with
'poor' free software programmers and developers who happily
contribute their work and source codes to the community for the
sake of freedom and bettering the whole society without getting
anything in return, economically speaking.
"My goal with this article is to define the reasons and
motivations for which programmers develop free software and
determine if the worry of them becoming the new exploited class of
the IT age is well founded..."