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Open Source Report Reveals Disconnect Between Devs & Employers

Digital Ocean surveyed over 4,300 developers around the world about the state of open source today in honor of the 20th anniversary of the open source movement.

 Open Source Report Reveals Disconnect Between Devs & Employers

Here are the key highlights from the survey:

  • Just over half of developers surveyed (55%) are contributing to open source projects today, but 75% said their companies expect them to use open source software as part of their day-to-day work.
  • The top three barriers to developers’ involvement in open source are not knowing where to begin, doubting they have the right skills, and not having dedicated time from their employees to contribute.
  • Only 18% of respondents said their company is a member of an open source-related organization, and 75% said their company invests $1k or less every year.
  • 71% say their companies expect them to use open source projects for their day-to-day tasks, while only 34% say their companies afford them time to contribute to any projects not related to work.
  • 63% of respondents say their companies are most interested in open source projects focused on widely used technologies, 48% care most about documentation, and 42% say their companies want repos with active maintainers.
  • When asked what they’d need to do to feel more comfortable contributing to open source projects and/or repos, 57% say they need to improve their skillset, 48% want an “easier entry point,” and 37% want their company to set aside time for them to contribute to projects they want to work on.
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