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Open Source Developers Hate Maintenance

It’s great to have a survey that backs up a whole ton of anecdotal stories experiences, open source developers hate maintenance, TechRepublic, Open-source developers say securing their code is a soul-withering waste of time: “A new survey of the free and open-source software (FOSS) community conducted by the Linux Foundation suggests that contributors spend less than 3% of their time on security issues and have little desire to increase this.” While this article is focuses on security, I think it can equally be said that bug fixes in general (unless they effect a specific contributor directly) are in the same boat. Developers like to build, not sweep the floors. It’s also why successful projects have professional and commercial economies with decent sized companies: Automattic, Acquia, Netlify, Red Hat, and the “super users” like Google, Amazon, Twitter.

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