"The ideological purity of the open-source software
movement is being diluted by a new era of pragmatism as start-ups
adjust to the economic slump.
Open-source describes a collaborative method of developing
software by freely sharing programming code, with no single company
owning the rights. For many proponents the ultimate goal of such
projects is to harness thousands of diverse developers to compete
better with software titan Microsoft, with the Linux (news - web
sites) operating system being the most visible example.
On the business end, companies typically seek customers with the
free software and derive revenue by selling services and