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1 Master on Free Software GSyC/LibreSoft November 2008

2 (cc) , Juanjo Amor, Gregorio Robles Some rights reserved. This work licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. To view a copy of full license, see or write to Creative Commons, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, California 94305, USA.

3 FLOSS developers are nerds! (Photo: Nerd, by The Infamous Gdub

4 FLOSS developers are gods! (Photo: Nerd, or perhaps hacker or geek?, by florriebassingbourn

5 Who are the? The open development model allow a large amount of work done by volunteer developers The possibility of having micro-contributions makes it difficult to know more about developers The distributed nature of the developer population makes it difficult to know more about developers Hence, there has been a lack of knowledge about the developers until recently

6 Who are the? Questions to be answered: Who are the? (gender, age, cultural level...) Why do they develop Free Software? Do they earn money when developing? Where do they come from? There have been many surveys since 2001 on this issue: WIDI (2001), FLOSS (2002), FLOSS-US (2003), BCG Hacker Survey (2003), etc.

7 Gender Introduction 98 % male 2 % female (The statistical error lies around 3.5 %) Does any discrimination exist? (see Krieger et al.)

8 Age of

9 Starting Age of

10 Educational Background of

11 Professional Background of

12 Time devoted to libre software projects

13 Time devoted to libre software projects compared to Proprietary Software

14 Leadership and reputation

15 Why Developers Join and Stay developing FLOSS

16 Monetary rewards from developing FLOSS

17 Alignement Free Software vs. Open Source

18 Alignement Free Software vs. Open Source

19 of FLOSS developers

20 Conclusions Introduction The average developer Young male with a university degree Tight link of the university with FLOSS Pareto s Law in dedication hours Non-monetary, non-egocentric motivations Main motivation: sharing and learning Good coding does not always mean reputation

21 They are just normal people

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