This paper looks at the interests of contributors to open source software contributors.
Open source software participation seems motivated by factors that drive economic actors generally, including commercial profit.
- Open source software lets users change the code to suit their own needs; open source code under the General Public License (GPL) must be distributed free.
- Contributors to open source projects include corporations who sell information technology, such as IBM, as well as voluntary contributors who work without pay.
- Corporate information technology vendors invest over $10 million per project in undertakings relating to their core business that increase core business revenues.
- Information technology vendors tend to ignore less-financed projects driven by the voluntary efforts of developers such as their employees.