The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders

by David Solomonoff

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As a former Internet activist I can say this problem also affects a lot of tech related non-profits and activists who don’t write code.

The open source movement runs on the heroic efforts of not enough people doing too much work. They need help.

Open source revolution has been carried on the backs of some very weary people.

Studies suggest that about 9.5 percent of all open source code is abandoned, and a quarter is probably close to being so. This can be dangerous: If code isn’t regularly updated, it risks causing havoc if someone later relies on it. Worse, abandoned code can be hijacked for ill use. Two years ago, the pseudonymous coder right9ctrl took over a piece of open source code that was used by bitcoin firms—and then rewrote it to try to steal cryptocurrency.

No one’s quite sure what to do about open source burnout, but some think finding money for the coders might help.

Source: The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders | WIRED

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