Why Coders Write Open Source

by Keith Vance

What motivates open source developers most is the chance to solve a problem and the opportunity to feel a sense of accomplishment.

What motivates people to contribute to an open source project isn't money?

According to a new survey by Forrester Research, 62 percent of open source community members contribute because, for them, it's "fun to solve problems."

The next most common motivating factor is a "sense of accomplishment." Only 9 percent of open source developers are paid for their work.

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This article was originally published on Monday Nov 1st 2010
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