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The 2021 Tidelift open source maintainer survey. Get the results.

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Finding #2: Most maintainers aren’t paid well today, but Tidelift is having an impact

In early 2021, Tidelift fielded its first-ever comprehensive survey of open source maintainers. Nearly 400 maintainers responded with thoughts about ...
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by Chris Grams
on June 10, 2021

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About the 2021 Tidelift maintainer survey

By Chris Grams on June 3, 2021
This is the fourth year in a row Tidelift conducted a survey about open source but the first time it focused exclusively on the maintainers who ...

Finding #1: About half of maintainers get paid nothing for their work

By Chris Grams on June 3, 2021
In early 2021, Tidelift fielded its first-ever comprehensive survey of open source maintainers. Nearly 400 maintainers responded with thoughts about ...

Finding #9: almost half of organizations have open source contribution policies. We learned what they cover.

By Chris Grams on December 1, 2020
Tidelift's annual managed open source survey explores how technologists use open source to build applications at work. Over 600 people shared how ...

Finding #8: the top ways organizations contribute to open source—and where they see ROI

By Chris Grams on November 24, 2020
Tidelift's annual managed open source survey explores how technologists use open source to build applications at work. Over 600 people shared how ...

Finding #7: formal processes around open source management are more common, but it is still basically a free for all

By Chris Grams on November 17, 2020
Tidelift's annual managed open source survey explores how technologists use open source to build applications at work. Over 600 people shared how ...

Finding #6: The top programming languages organizations rely on are JavaScript, Python, and Java

By Chris Grams on November 10, 2020
Tidelift's annual managed open source survey explores how technologists use open source to build applications at work. Over 600 people shared how ...

Finding #5: Upgrading versions and adapting to bugs are the two most common open source maintenance activities

By Chris Grams on November 3, 2020
In June of 2020, Tidelift fielded our annual managed open source survey of technologists who use open source to build applications at work. Over 600 ...

Finding #4: confidence in organization’s open source practices declines as size of company grows

By Chris Grams on October 27, 2020
In June of 2020, Tidelift fielded our annual managed open source survey of technologists who use open source to build applications at work. Over 600 ...

Finding #3: large companies are burdened by cumbersome open source approval processes

By Chris Grams on October 20, 2020
In June of 2020, Tidelift fielded our annual managed open source survey of technologists who use open source to build applications at work. Over 600 ...

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