"Ever since the seedling that was free software and open source
began to propagate through the early tunnels of the internet,
extensive sociopolitical analysis has been aimed at defining the
open source community. One theory is that the community is
essentially a meritocracy, a group founded upon the ideals of
ability and effort. Meritocracies are, after all, nothing new; the
military is a prime example. In a world where invisible governments
so often drive communities, the concept of replacing the nobility
of blood with that of virtue attracts idealists and ethical
protagonists alike. Although few would deny the admirable ideals
behind open source, this idealism can hinder open source progress
in the nonidealistic, cut-and-dried business world..."
Some of the products that appear on this site are from companies from which QuinStreet receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site including, for example, the order in which they appear. QuinStreet does not include all companies or all types of products available in the marketplace.