In a recent survey by Packt Publishing, 70% of software developers said that they have donated time, money, or both to open source projects. However, with large projects like Wikipedia receiving over one million dollars from just three charitable foundations last year, the question remains whether open source really needs individual contributions from developers to survive. While Wikipedia seems to have strong support from various foundations, many large projects like MySQL, RedHat, and SUSE Linux have created highly successful, self-sustaining business models. These projects generate enough revenue to hire full-time professionals and continue development without relying on individual contributions from the community.

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