Bounties are usually offered as an incentive for fixing software bugs or implementing minor features. Bounty driven development is one of the Business models for open-source software. The compensation offered for an open-source bounty is usually small. BountySource and FreedomSponsors are two services that advertise bounties from multiple open-source projects.
When open-source projects require bigger funds they usually apply for grants or, most recently, launch crowdsourcing or crowdfunding campaigns, typically organized over platforms like Kickstarter, Catincan or BountySource (since 2012 also crowdfunding).
- Sun MicroSystems (now owned by Oracle Corporation) has offered $1 million in bounties for OpenSolaris, NetBeans, OpenSPARC, Project GlassFish, OpenOffice.org, and OpenJDK.
- Mozilla introduced a Security Bug Bounty Program, offering $500 to anyone who finds a "critical" security bug in Mozilla.
- Artifex Software offers up to $1000 to anyone who fixes some of the issues posted on Ghostscript Bugzilla.
- Two software bounties were completed for the classic Commodore Amiga Motorola 680x0 version of the AROS operating system, producing a free Kickstart ROM replacement for use with the UAE emulator and FPGA Amiga reimplementations, as well as original Amiga hardware.
- RISC OS Open bounty scheme to encourage development of RISC OS
- AmiZilla was a over $11,000 bounty to port the Firefox web-browser to AmigaOS, MorphOS & AROS. While the bounty produced little results it inspired many bounty systems in the Amiga community including Timberwolf, Power2people, AROS Bounties, Amigabounty.net and many more.
- Lunduke, Bryan (2013-08-07). "Open source gets its own crowd-funding site, with bounties included - Bountysource is the crowd-funding site the open source community has been waiting for.". networkworld.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10. "Many open source projects (from phones to programming tools) have taken to crowd-funding sites (such as Kickstarter and indiegogo) in order to raise the cash needed for large-scale development. And, in some cases, this has worked out quite well."
- "Bountysource Raises $1.1 Million for the First Crowdfunding Platform for Open-Source Software Projects". finance.yahoo.com. 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2013-08-08.
- Sun Sponsors Open Source Community $1M Innovation Award, Sun MicroSystems, archived from the original on 2008-12-19
- Leyden, John (2004-08-03), Mozilla to pay bounty on bugs, The Register
- amiga.org – Kickstart ROM Replacement (Phase II) Assigned
- – power2people.org Kickstart ROM Replacement (Phase II)
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