Open-source bounty

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An open-source bounty is a monetary reward for completing a task in an open-source software project.


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 is a service that advertises 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[1] or Bountysource (since 2004 also crowdfunding[2]).


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  1. ^ 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.". 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. 
  2. ^ "Bountysource Raises $1.1 Million for the First Crowdfunding Platform for Open-Source Software Projects". 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  3. ^ Sun Sponsors Open Source Community $1M Innovation Award, Sun MicroSystems, archived from the original on 2008-12-19 
  4. ^ Leyden, John (2004-08-03), Mozilla to pay bounty on bugs, The Register 
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  8. ^ "RISC OS Open: All bounties". Retrieved 14 July 2015.