The open-source community gained momentum and support during the nineties thanks to the \n\nmainstreaming of the Internet and the support of organizations such as the Open-Source \n\nInitiative. Along with the growth of open source have come new strategies to sustain the \n\nprojects and their communities. In an economically driven society, many open-source projects \n\nare struggling to maintain their purely nonprofit existence. Numerous solutions have been \n\npresented, with some open-source projects evolving into products and others building businesses \n\nrelated to the open-source project to help provide people power and funding. This three-part \n\nseries, "The Business of Open Source," explores the business of maintaining open-source \n\nprojects and the businesses that grow out of them.\n The Business of Open Source\n \n The Business of Open Source\n \n Open Source: Making Success Your Biggest Problem\n \n Open Source: Step Back for Progress\n \n Open Source vs. Business\n Article one, "Open Source: Making Success Your Biggest Problem," discusses how the pursuit \n\nof success isn't always as smooth as some expect. For many, success is elusive, and they find \n\nthat what they thought they'd achieved is overshadowed by a new set of dilemmas. The article \n\nhighlights some of the common difficulties faced in establishing an open-source project, the \n\nbusiness that might grow out of it and offers some advice for beginners. Article two, "Open Source: Step Back for Progress," encourages project and business leaders \n\nto recognize the need to occasionally take a step back to facilitate change and progress for \n\noverall improvement. While people are naturally resistant to change, eventually everyone needs \n\nto make accommodations to allow progress to occur. This article provides steps that can be \n\ntaken to avoid some of the frustrations many associate with change to make the evolution of a \n\nproject and a business a smoother process. Article three, "Open Source vs. Business," tackles the age-old question of whether \n\nprofitable businesses and open source can peacefully coexist. Many criticize the practice of \n\ndeveloping parent companies to help support open-source projects, saying that paid services \n\nbelittle the efforts of the open source community to facilitate free and open sharing of source \n\ncode. While the integrity of open source must be maintained, the practice of establishing \n\nopen-source-related businesses to help support projects is growing. This article asserts that \n\nthe two can exist peacefully and benefit from one another in the process. JT Smith is a renowned open source guru and the president of Plain Black Corp., the \n\ndeveloper and distributor of the WebGUI Content Engine. He \n\nspeaks internationally on topics related to Web content management.