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Open sourcing does not share the cost of $500k engineers. People using open source typically aren't paying the wages of the people that wrote the code. There is minimal financial upside to contributing to open source for most people.

The challenges that open source faces are closely related to this subject. Many vibrant parts of the software world -- open source, startups, et al -- are essentially dependent on engineers willing to write code for the compensation (direct or indirect) offered. When it no longer makes sense for good engineers to write that code, everyone will suffer from their lack of contributions.




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