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The 2021 Tidelift open source maintainer survey


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In early 2021, Tidelift fielded its first-ever comprehensive survey of open source maintainers.

Nearly 400 maintainers responded with thoughts about how they fund their work, what they enjoy about being a maintainer, what they don’t like so much, along with a host of other interesting insights.

In this survey, we share nine of the most fascinating findings with you, including:

  • What percentage of maintainers get paid nothing for their work?
  • How many maintainers have considered quitting?
  • What do you enjoy most about being a maintainer and what do you dislike most?