July 6, 2011

Declining User Contributions to Open Source: Does It Matter?

Recently, we covered some of the extensive results from the Eclipse Community Survey and Open Source Developer Report, which contains lots of data about open source trends. In this year's survey, as has been seen in similar surveys recently, mobile applications and cloud computing are clearly on users' and developers' minds. As we noted here, another set of results from this year's survey is generating discussion online, though, about whether the many new organizations and businesses adopting open source software are also giving back to the projects they benefit from. According to some observers, the disparity between using and contributing doesn't matter.

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