We all rely on open-source software every day. It's in our browsers, on the servers that serve our websites, our mobile phones, and even in the websites and software we use. Open-source software enables developers to reuse existing solutions to engineering problems, offload their maintenance to the open-source community and significantly decrease the amount of time and work needed to release new software products.
But it also poses difficult and hotly debated questions: How do we compensate the open-source community for their efforts? How can we ensure open-source projects keep being maintained? Should open-source developers be involved in the commercial success of their projects? And finally: Who really benefits most from open-source software - the community or the companies that make profits from using it?
With this survey, we wanted to find out how you (the open-source community) feel about funding in open-source projects and answer some of the questions above.
We personally want to thank every participant for the time they invested in our survey. We hope the results can amplify the voices of the open-source community, contribute to improving the situation for open-source maintainers, and thus, secure open-source projects in the long term.
Your fellow OpenSourceFunding team
P.S.: Feel free to share this survey with the rest of the world!
Who do you think benefits most from OpenSource software?
What is your role in OpenSource?
What are your main motivations for contributing to OpenSource projects?
What are your main motivations for using OpenSource software?
Do you think OpenSource developers should be compensated for the value they create?
What do you think is a fair compensation for OpenSource work?
Which criteria would you include in determining a fair compensation for OpenSource work?
Who do you think should be responsible for compensating OpenSource work?
Do you think OpenSource projects and their maintainers and contributors are currently being sufficiently compensated?
Which of the existing funding models addresses OpenSource funding needs best?
Do you think OpenSource developers should receive a share of the commercial success of products and services that are built on top of their software?
Do you think financial compensation for OpenSource contributors would have a positive effect on the OpenSource community and the quality and long-term maintenance of OpenSource software?
How long have you been working with OpenSource software?
How do you use OpenSource software?
How frequently do you contribute to OpenSource software on average?
How do you work?
Where do you live?
What is your gender?
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