Open Source in Action
One of the things I love about the open source community is the collaborate approach to developing web projects. Web designers and developers can spontaneously join forces with others around the world and work on projects with common elements. This is particularly useful if you are a freelancer working on your own or in a small team. 50 pairs of eyes and hands are much better then one or two.
An example of this in action is a "next generation" business directory that I am working on. I have decided to build it in Drupal because Drupal is an excellent platform for developing community websites. However, making a business directory in Drupal involves mixing and matching a variety of different modules and it is far from a straight forward task.
So a group of us "Druplers" are working in a group, sharing ideas and developing some best practices. By working together, we can cut our individual development time down by half at least. It makes open source a pleasurable experience as well as sound business sense.