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InfoWorld.com: Who Pays These People?

Nov 19, 2001, 19:12 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell C. Pavlicek)

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"WHENEVER I DISCUSS the dynamics of the open-source community, someone inevitably asks, "Who pays the salaries for all of this software development? How can these programmers survive by writing free software?"

A few open-source programmers are fortunate to have jobs writing open-source code full-time. Others have jobs where enlightened employers allow them to work on particular open-source projects part-time because the company benefits from advances in these projects. Still, others enjoy consulting on open-source projects for customers.

Nonetheless, I believe most open-source programmers do not make their living by writing open-source code. Many are professional programmers, consultants, and (ahem) journalists by day, and open-source developers by night."

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