Free and open source software hackers in Turkey

TitleFree and open source software hackers in Turkey
Publication TypeUnpublished
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsGozukeles, II
Type of WorkWorking Paper

In recent years, there has been growing interest of governments and firms for Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). However, FOSS is still a puzzlement for a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. Social scientists ask why FOSS hackers participate in FOSS if they do not get any monetary rewards. On the other hand firms ask, how a firm can earn money from FOSS. In this study, motivations of FOSS hackers and firms are taken as an interrelated phenomenon. This study discusses FOSS from the view of hackers in Turkey. In that respect, social conditions that make hackers voluntarily contribute to the FOSS projects and their relationship with the commercial world are explored. 1

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