SANTA CRUZ, Calif. October 12, 2010
Sixty-seven percent of developers who write open source applications say they spend at least part of the time writing them at work even though they are not work related. Sixteen percent spend more than half their time at work writing non-work related open source applications while 33% never use their employers’ time for their projects according to over 350 software developers working on open source projects in Evans Data’s latest Open Source Software Development Survey.
"It may be a discouraging thing for employers to hear but developers working on open source projects can become very involved with them and may find it hard to completely leave them alone when they’re on the clock,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data. "And few open source developers make much money from their apps – sixty-five percent report they make next to nothing for their open source work, and they have to support themselves.”
Still, they get their projects done. Sixty-seven percent said their last project was either on time or ahead of schedule, with only a third being behind schedule.
Other highlights from this annual survey include:
- Those who also write proprietary software do so either because it better meets requirements (28.8%) or to generate revenue (27.9%)
- Over half say they can resolve most severe bugs within 8 hours
- Sixty-three percent expect their use of open source databases to increase in the coming year
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