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The Effects of Commercialization on Open-Source Communities

Mar 06, 2008, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

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"Recent research suggests that much of the core development work on open-source projects is done by paid developers. Is this a bad thing?

"The answer is in the data. I just finished reading Evangelia Berdou's Ph.D. thesis 'Managing the Bazaar: Commercialization and peripheral participation in mature, community-led Free/Open source software projects,' and highly recommend it to anyone seeking to understand how open-source communities operate, especially in light of the increasing encroachment of commercial interests into open-source development communities..."

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