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From the Frontiers of Research to the Heart of the Enterprise
O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
July 22-26, 2002 -- San Diego, CA



Open Source Demographics: Who They Are and Why They Do It.
Chris DiBona, Google, Inc.
Jeff "Hemos" Bates, Slashdot
Karim R. Lakhani
Robert G. Wolf

Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Wednesday, July 24
Time: 10:45am - 11:30am
Location: Grande Ballroom C

Who are the hackers that create all this great free software? How much time do they spend? Why do they do it? Where are they from? Do they think its sustainable? In order to better understand the nature of this dynamic community and provide lessons to the business world about innovation, The Boston Consulting Group, surveyed hackers participating on software projects on SourceForge.net, the world's largest collaborative software development Web site for the Open Source community and the Linux kernel mailing list. There were over 650 respondents to the survey and this session will present and discuss the insights from our analysis.

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