"Open source software--think Linux, Firefox, Wikipedia, Apache,
Ajax and a host of other projects--has introduced a radically
different development model--and mindset--to the stream of
high-tech innovation. It is one that is having repercussions in the
corporate world that go beyond how software, telecommunications and
other information technologies are developed.
"Through a collaborative process that's somewhat akin to peer
review in academia, open source taps into the skills and talents of
a global pool of software developers--organizing, coordinating and
leveraging their efforts to allow industry-wide use of the results.
To the extent that it relies on effective coordination of working
relationships among a diverse and far-flung group of volunteers, it
seems a natural, organic extension of the concept of