..welcome to the opposite of the wonderful world of FOSS meritocracy: You give something, you get something, and probably even more recognition / "merits" the more involved you get.
Originally Posted by sorli
Yes, outside of Android, WP, iOS, people actually don't care THAT much getting 'paid'. Some take donations and can be happy about, others strictly won't accept them at all. Often, they produce something out of curiosity and for learning / acquiring knowledge on a particular subject, or for self-satisfaction/fun. They make their stuff fully open on GitHub / Gitorious and not take a friggin' dime for it.
(Good example: the N9 / Harmattan has several extra messaging protocol plugin packages available for quite some time now (free of course), whereas the Pre 3 & TP... someone want to try more bribing / begging on certain guys? )
Of course such an approach works better in environments where the users have at least partly a clue. Not necessarily in the commercial mobile space, where most people are technically illiterate, or in common words "not a techie" and thus are neither understanding nor able to find out things themself without hand-holding.