"What happens when a free and open source software (FOSS)
project attempts to introduce compensation for its developers?
Because FOSS remains based largely on volunteer work, many worry
that payment might demotivate both those who receive it and those
who do not. However, community leaders who have observed how
payment interacts with the FOSS ethos suggest a more complicated
picture. Identifying four main types of payment -- bounties,
payment in kind, grants, and employment -- these experts suggest
that what happens depends on the type of payment, as well as on the
"Payment, of course, is not new to FOSS communities. Companies
such as IBM, Novell, Red Hat, and Sun Microsystems have employed
developers to work on FOSS for years. However, the issue has
received renewed attention in recent months because of the reaction
to a project called Dunc-Tank within the Debian community..."
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