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The Boston Consulting Group/OSDN Hacker Survey
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, in cooperation with OSDN, 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.
The preliminary results of the BCG/OSDN survey reveal that:
Most participants dedicated at least 10 hours per week in their shared programming efforts Contrary to popular belief about hackers, the open source community is mostly comprised of highly skilled IT professionals who have on average over 10 years of programming experience.
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