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On the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of free/libre/open source (FLOSS) developers

paper Based on existing literature Krishnamurthy argues in favor of an integrative theory on open source motivation rather then the either-or of intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation found in other literature. He identifies 4 factors: financial incentives, nature of the task, group size and group structure. Financial incentives can be classified by 4 variables: Distribution pattern [...]

Intrinsic motivation in open source software Development

paper Open source is considered a public good, which is produced for free by skilled, highly educated programmers. This paper examines open source in the context of private provision of public goods. This model is augmented with the concept of the OSS programmer as a ‘homo ludens’ and gift-giving. Programming OSS is considered to have [...]

Understanding the nature of participation & coordination in open and gated source software development communities

paper This paper explores the motivations for participating in two open source communities, both the communities originated from the same corporate sponsor. The study is based on interviews and mailing list data, conference observation and on-line project documentation. The two projects represent two different kind of communities: ‘gated source’ communities and ‘open source’ communities. The [...]