A new survey of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) contributors, conducted by the Linux Foundation and academic researchers, reported that 91 per cent of respondents are male, the great majority has full-time paid employment, and that they spend on average under 3 per cent of their time on security issues, with little inclination to increase it.
The research is a collaboration between the Core Infrastructure Initiative at the Linux Foundation – now part of The Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) formed in August – and the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard University. There were 1,196 survey respondents, split between invited participants who work for "the most widely used open source projects," and those who responded to an open invitation.
The survey was international, with 35 per cent of respondents based in the Americas, 53 per cent in Europe, Middle East and Asia, and 13 per cent in the Asia Pacific regions. Yes, it was rounded up to 101 per cent.