In the previous post, I mentioned that working in the world of open source has the potential for others to feel a sense of entitlement. The thing is, I don’t believe that this isn’t limited just to contributors.
Granted, I don’t think those who end up using free and open source software aim to present themselves as being entitled – I mean, they are taking advantage of the software that contributors have made available, right?
But the flip side of this is that users who find themselves working with open source software set expectations that may far exceed the amount for which they paid for the software.
One of the challenges that comes with working with and using open source is the danger for it breed a sense of entitlement.
For the most part, I don’t think those get who involved in open source software aim to become entitled – after all, building open source projects is a labor of love, right?
We spend our time that could be spent doing other things volunteering to work on something that we’re passionate about, and that we believe will help to make the world (or at least a few people’s lives) a bit better.
But the underbelly of this is that people who find themselves involved in open source either as contributors or as users end up acting entitled from time-to-time.