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Why do people pay for open source?

The free ride opportunity Free riding is practically the definition of open source software. (Well, there is a definition in fact, but bear with me.)
Donald Fischer
by Donald Fischer
on July 10, 2018

Tidelift’s Luis Villa on friction, sustainability, and open source

By Luis Villa on July 3, 2018
Back in February, our own Luis Villa spoke at RedMonk’s Monkigras conference in London. This year’s topic was one very near and dear to our hearts: ...

Why Oscar joined Tidelift

By Oscar Spencer on June 28, 2018
In the beginning there was a big beige box I met the road that led me to Tidelift many years ago. When I was young, I was fascinated that one could ...

Tidelift’s contribution to open source sustainability

By Chris Grams on June 25, 2018
Over the weekend, Danny Crichton at TechCrunch wrote an in-depth piece entitled Open source sustainability about some of the challenges facing open ...

So we pay the maintainers... what would they be willing to do? Survey results part 9

By Keenan Szulik on June 21, 2018
Earlier this year, we launched our first professional open source survey. Our goal? To gain deeper perspective about what can be done to make open ...

Why Amy joined Tidelift

By Amy Hays on June 19, 2018
One Saturday night in February, I was doing what “the cool kids” do on Saturday night—looking through LinkedIn job postings. I live in a smallish ...

Which services would professional open source users pay for? Survey results part 8

By Keenan Szulik on June 14, 2018
Earlier this year, we launched our first professional open source survey. Our goal? To gain deeper perspective about what can be done to make open ...

Want to see Microsoft's open source contributions? Here's the list.

By Keenan Szulik on June 12, 2018
Last week, Microsoft announced that it was acquiring GitHub, a decision that would have shocked the software community just a few years ago. But as a ...

WTF? The data behind Microsoft's surprising open source track record

By Donald Fischer on June 6, 2018
VS Code, Typescript, thefuck? What do each of these have in common? They’re all popular open source projects Microsoft has contributed to, and they ...

Long live the SFD

By Benjamin Nickolls on May 31, 2018
This is a first draft; raw and unedited. You’re seeing it as it came out of my head. Conversational, informal but free.  This is a shitty first ...