Name: Glen Newton
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Study: Reduced Open Source developer productivity linked to "restrictive" FLOSS licenses (where "restrictive"=GPL and non-restrictive=BSD)

A study by economists from Tel Aviv University and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) titled "Open source software: Motivation and restrictive licensing"[1] (pre-print) looks at the productivity of developers on Open Source projects and concludes:

"...that the output per contributor in open source projects is much higher when licenses are less restrictive and more commercially oriented."
and observe:
"Projects written for the Linux operating system have lower output per contributor than projects written for other operating systems..."

Not the results I would have expected.

More info & critical examination of the study at my blog Zzzoot. [Sorry, as a new member I can't as yet syndicate my external blog to this blog].


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