The Open Source Model Is About Organization, Not Who Signs Your Paycheck

“Nick Carr points out a report from the Linux Foundation that
finds that most contributions to the Linux kernel come from people
who work at companies. Nick Carr says this is a sign of a ‘shift
from the volunteer to the corporate model,’ which I think misses
the point on a couple of different levels. For starters, most of
the people contributing to the kernel are professional programmers,
and most professional programmers have jobs in the software
industry. So it’s totally unsurprising that most kernel
contributors work for software companies.

“But Carr’s observation also misses the point in a deeper