[ox-en] [Fwd: Survey on the Free/Open Source Community]
- From: Stefan Meretz <stefan.meretz hbv.org>
- Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2002 11:19:44 +0100
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Betreff: Survey on the Free/Open Source Community
Datum: 06 Feb 2002 01:47:40 [PHONE NUMBER REMOVED]
Von: João Miguel Neves <joao silvaneves.org>
An: discussion fsfeurope.org
I found this in slashdot:
One of the most interesting features of this presentation is the
separation of the community in 4 groups that have different motivations
to write Free Software:
Believers (33%) - it is a matter of liberty.
Skill Improvers (25%) - improves programming skills.
Fun-seekers (21%) - the code is stimulating to write.
Professionals (21%) - uses the code for work needs.
I think this could help us try to understand better how some of the
developers think and how to reach them.
In addition the conclusion of the project group:
The preliminary results of the BCG/OSDN survey reveal that:
* Participants note extremely high levels of creativity in their projects.
* Having fun, enhancing skills, access to source code and user needs
drive contributions to the Open Source community. Defeating proprietary
software companies is not a major motivator.
* The Open Source community is truly global in composition with
respondents coming from 35 countries.
* Most participants dedicated at least 10 hours per week in their shared
* Contrary to popular belief about hackers, the open source community is
mostly comprised of highly skilled IT professionals who have on average
over 10 years of programming experience.
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