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FLOSSWORLD: Free libre and open source software - worldwide impact study

Project ID: 015722
Funded under: FP6-IST


The Flossworld surveys showed a surprising similarity between FLOSS developers and community participants cutting across national and regional boundaries. As in Western Europe and the US, FLOSS communities in developing and transitional economies are quite young (average age in the twenties) and well educated. Although a number of somewhat older professionals exist, for the majority participation in FLOSS provides a good opportunity to learn skills that are relevant on the labour market and that thus help to earn an income. Interestingly, not only FLOSS community members but also employers value skills that are informally learnt within the FLOSS community more than formal degrees.

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