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Silicon Valley embraces open source as a moneymaker

SFGate - Open source is going commercial.

Once an esoteric philosophy that called for people around the world to collectively create and give away software, Silicon Valley is increasingly embracing the open source ethos as a way to make money.

To expand the small market for electric cars, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk this week said he would share the company's technology with competitors.

He follows industry leaders like Google, which has long allowed outside companies to customize its mobile operating system at no charge - helping put Android smartphones and tablets into the hands of customers around the world. Even Facebook is extolling the virtues of open source, which enables outside programmers to spot security flaws and helps preserve a spirit of innovation in a company now far from its startup roots.