10 Cool Open-Source Startups


The New Faces Of Open Source

When you say "open source," the first thing that comes to mind is probably Linux, maybe the Firefox browser or the MySQL database. But if you name any category of software, from ERP, to business intelligence, to content management, there's most likely an open-source alternative out there.

Some open-source product developers have been around for a while. Talend, a provider of open-source data integration and management tools, was founded in 2005, for example, while open-source business intelligence application vendor Pentaho was launched in 2004.

But the open-source software arena is a dynamic place and there's always new technologies bubbling to the surface -- and new companies that build businesses around those technologies. Here's 10 we think you'll be hearing a lot more about.