"A clear sign that free and open source software (FOSS) has
become mainstream is the growing number of small consultants who
specialize in it. Listed on local users groups or high-tech forums
and working mostly by themselves, these consultants rarely make
headlines, yet they represent a sizable and growing niche in small
business in modern North American cities.
"To understand the role FOSS plays in independent consulting, we
talked with three typical consultants at different stages of their
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