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Five reasons why your company should hire open source developers

Aug 03, 2009, 22:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"Many larger companies do not place any value on open source applications, therefore they do not place any value in those the code the applications. Some companies are afraid hiring an open source developer would be a liability - possibly reverse engineering their proprietary software and then releasing forked versions into the community. Although these may sound like justifiable fears, they over look some very serious that come with hiring open source developers.

"Let’s take a look at some good reasons to hire open source developers.

"1. You can see more than their resumes. Because the applications they work on are open, you can get a first-hand look at the code they write even before you do that first interview. Try to do that with a developer for a proprietary software developer. This will give you a fairly instant grasp of your interviewee’s understanding of programming."

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