5. Corporate Sponsorship
The classic image of an open source developer is a hobbyist working alone in his spare time just for fun. But while amateur developers still play a large role in open source development, these days many contributors are employed full-time by a company that sponsors open source projects.
The 2016 Future of Open Source Survey from Black Duck found that 65 percent of companies surveyed were contributing to open source projects, and 67 percent actively encourage their developers to contribute to open source projects. In addition, the Linux Foundation says that more than 1,300 companies have contributed code to the Linux kernel.
While the money that comes with corporate sponsorship has been a boon for the open source movement, some within the community have expressed concerns. They worry that projects will become slaves to a particular organization's influence rather than providing good for the community as a whole.