What motivates an open source project?

Below is a fantastic short video that helps explain what motivates people to spend countless hours working on an unpaid open source project, such as developing a Reprap

So it seems there are three key points that drive people to work on open source projects.

They were:

  • Self direction: A person has total control over what direction they takes the project which allows them to choose an area that interests them most.
  • Mastery: The seek to master the task at hand which leads to a self rewarding experience.
  • Purpose: Having an overall goal or reason for the work at hand that has some overall meaning or goal to make a better world.

For me personally, this rings true on all counts.

My apologies if you have already seen this.

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About Richard

I am a Materials Engineering working in the field of Magnetic Materials in Melbourne, Australia. This blog covers my personal interest in all things CNC.
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4 Responses to What motivates an open source project?

  1. Gary says:

    There is another reason, that being that a person takes on being a part of the project such that they get the necessary experience onto their CV, to get a full time job where a number of years of experience in a certain area is required.

  2. Appreciating the time and energy you put into your blog and detailed information you present.
    It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same outdated rehashed material.
    Fantastic read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on lock. Regards

  4. juan sikap says:

    and/or maybe an investor comes and make a proprietary branch of the open source

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