FOSS.IN: A report
Posted Dec 8, 2005 17:07 UTC (Thu) by kamil
Parent article: FOSS.IN: A report
I'd like to speculate about another possible reason, which was perhaps hinted at in the article, but not expanded on: poverty.
I don't know the situation in India, so I might be totally wrong, but I do see some parallels with the country I come from: Poland.
Computer science and engineering is a highly respected profession in Poland, and many people follow that path. Yet, for a nation of close to 40 million people, it seems to me that the contribution to FOSS from Polish programmers is fairly limited, especially compared to much smaller neighbour countries like Czech Republic or Slovakia.
It is the poverty that I blame for that. For many people, contributing to FOSS projects is a hobby, at least at first. In a poor country, a hobby is a luxury that many simply can't afford. If you have to work your @$$ off to earn a salary that is barely enough to pay for rent and food, and a car if you are lucky (an own home is beyond the wildest dreams of most), it might be difficult to convince yourself or those close to you that the best way to spend the little free time you have is by doing even more coding -- for free.
I'm not saying that I agree with or support that attitude. But, as my grandma used to say, it's not easy for a full person to understand a hungry one...
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