Free/Libre/Open Source Software: Survey and Study

7_1. Remembering the time you started developing and/or distributing OS/FS, what was the reason for this? (maximal four answers)
to participate in new forms of cooperation 842 34.54%
to learn and develop new skills 1923 78.88%
to share my knowledge and skills 1215 49.84%
to participate in the OS/FS scene 745 30.56%
to improve my job opportunities 582 23.87%
to improve OS/FS products of other developers 821 33.68%
to get a reputation in the OS/FS developersí scene 221 9.06%
to distribute not marketable software 217 8.9%
to get help in realizing a good idea for a software product 581 23.83%
to solve a problem that could not be done by proprietary software 724 29.7%
to limit the power of large software companies 463 18.99%
because I think that software should not be a proprietary product 735 30.15%
to make money 107 4.39%
I do not know 46 1.89%

2438 answers from 2774 insertions (87.89%)

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