What's One of the Best Kept Secrets in Silicon Valley?

Open source software. Often (and sometimes incorrectly) called freeware, shareware, and "source code," open source software has been responsible for key functions of the Internet for many years. But outside of the software development industry, few people have heard the term "open source," and even fewer are aware that this alternative software development model exists. Most consumers aren't aware of the wide variety of software available to them!

Why is Open Source Software So Significant?

Open source software is widely available, constantly being modified and improved by software developers, has strong technical support, and provides individuals as well as large and small businesses many flexible alternatives to corporate software packages. Now, it's seen as a promising alternative for computer operating systems, web browsers, Internet and web servers, and other key software applications.

Take a look at NetAction's new white papers:

then get active! Write your Representative to encourage wide-spread support of open source development!

While we're on this topic, you may be interested in a (new) related paper:

Also see:

Doc Searls wrote two related articles:

For more in-depth information, a "must read" is Eric Raymond's

And finally, Cnet's article, Source code for the masses (and related coverage).

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