Open source hackers are very likely to be programmers
with a decade of professional experience employed by a commercial
software company, and very unlikely to be the stock high school
math-club geeks of popular press reports, a survey of SourceForge
members conducted by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) indicates.
These and other findings were revealed at last week's LinuxWorld
Conference in New York by BCG's Bob Wolf and Karim Lakhani, and
OSDN's Jeff "Hemos" Bates who collaborated on the project.
"What's impressive is that the picture of sixteen to twenty
year-olds working in their basement is not true," Bates observed.
"They're twenty-two to thirty-seven essentially, by and large
working within a corporate environment."