"Andre Durand has just 55 people on his company's
payroll, but he's figured out a way to get 1,500 more to work for
him for free.
In building his Denver company, Jabber.com, Durand is tapping
into a growing culture of computer geeks who collaborate on the
Internet and create software for the sheer enjoyment of cranking
Called the "open-source community," this circle of Internet
programmers collaborates on about 15,000 software projects, sharing
software code and any improvements they make along the way. Linux,
the operating system that competes with Microsoft's Windows
platform, is probably the best known open-source software started
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