IT Valentines 2008 - Open Source
For too long, it was the norm for applications to be developed in a closed environment. The result was often platforms that didn't play nicely with others, and were more difficult than they had to be to implement and maintain. The open-source model allows applications to be developed and updated by a community of stakeholders, and everything from IM to CRM is being offered by some provider or another as open source. Indeed, you know open source is closing in on mainstream status when Microsoft opens up some of its code.