Sometimes, the naivety in the free and open source software (FOSS) community seems willful. How else to explain the outrage in some circles when another company is caught fulfilling its natural function of maximizing its profits at the expense of FOSS ideals?
It was almost exactly two years ago that Linux bloggers were bemoaning organizational FOSS users' tendency not to give back to the community, and now -- fast forward to 2011 -- here we are again, facing the same fact.
The headline says "Why Code For Free", but it's really more complicated than that because there are many FOSS developers who are paid to work on FOSS projects. In this final part of our series, more developers speak on the rewards of being part of the FOSS community.
A long-time member of the FOSS community believes that men need to do much more about increasing the participation of women in the community and improving their experience of being part of the community.
Oracle's proprietary posture may have soiled the welcome mat and vilified its good standing in the FOSS community as CEO Larry Ellison pushes the balance point between servicing his customers and nickel-and-diming them to turn a higher profit.
Kevin Carillo is doing a research that looks at how newcomers to a FOSS community become valued sustainable contributors and the influence of their experience as newcomers.
If you have been involved in Debian, GNOME, Gentoo, KDE, Mozilla, Ubuntu, NetBSD, or OpenSUSE FOSS communities within the last 3 years (after January 2010), you can help Kevin by taking part in the survey available her