Not exactly the psychological profile attempted, say, by Erik Erikson in his landmark “Young Man Luther,” but for what it’s worth OpenLogic surveyed its own expert community, got 50 sets of answers back – roughly a third of the group’s members – and claims – on the basis of that narrow poll – that open source developers aren’t open source “fanatics” because 50% of them work for proprietary software companies and only 6% for open source companies.
And 72% of its respondents also said there was some overlap between their day job and their open source work.
Fifty percent are working on projects that have no commercial company flogging the widgetry and 84% felt that widely used open source software probably never would.
Fifty-two percent said money was the major driver for joining OpenLogic’s Expert Community while 62% said they joined to help support open source software.
See, OpenLogic pays qualified experts to provide in-depth support for open source products.