Open Source, Free Riders and Crowdfunding

As a general rule, Enterprise users of open source realize the importance of paying the piper and pay for the software they use in various ways, starting with contributing code upstream. They also help fund large open source projects by signing support contracts with organizations such as SUSE, Red Hat, MongoDB or with other software projects that are essential to their day to day operations. Enterprise users also donate development funds to large projects like Hyperledger that are not yet but will be useful to them down the road.