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Are Freeloaders Helpful or Hurtful to Open Source Communities?

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Freeloaders: helpful or hurtful?
 
 

Concerns are raised every once in a while in the broader free and open source software community about freeloaders. The attitude expressed is that if you're getting the benefit of FOSS, you should contribute. Building a business on a FOSS project you don't own, whether you're providing a service or product around a FOSS project should in return garner some sort of quid pro quo. In reality, freeloaders are desirable.

 

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