Programmers contribute to free software and open source projects for many reasonssome for the fun of it, some to improve their skills, others for a
paycheck. Many people have wondered why these people give their work away. The truth is that many projects have incorporated in order to protect
themselves from individual liability. Since the Free Software Foundation was founded in 1985, a number of new nonprofit foundations have formed, often
around specific technologies, to serve the interests of programmers.
July 7, 2003