The Protestant ethic strikes back: Open source developers and the ethic of capitalism

  • Teemu Mikkonen
  • Tere Vadén
  • Niklas Vainio

Abstract

Free/Open Source software development has initiated new models and theories of social organization and immaterial labor in terms of a “hacker” culture. However, our survey of four developer communities shows that there is a continuum of communities from voluntary communities, corresponding to the “hacker” image, to more business-oriented communities deviating from the image. It is particularly noteworthy that old and familiar modes of organization based on waged labor are increasingly a part of developer communities. This may create new dynamics and tensions both inside communities and between the various partners taking part in Free/Open Source software development projects.
Published
2007-02-05
How to Cite
Mikkonen, T., Vadén, T., & Vainio, N. (2007). The Protestant ethic strikes back: Open source developers and the ethic of capitalism. First Monday, 12(2). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v12i2.1623