These days, you’d be hard-pressed to find a corporate business that has not embraced open source. Yet even now, open source can trigger skepticism. Its lower cost and the apparently free-spirited approach of providers — its very openness — can inspire disdain. But adopters citing benefits such as better innovation, greater flexibility and reliability are winning the day. The language industry has its own fair share of open source software. A quick look at Sourceforge reveals 250 localization applications ranging from full multilingual translation management applications all the way to language specific plug-ins. The Free Software Directory under localization has nearly 70 applications. While we still need to use and support proprietary software developers, those who work freely for the good of all should command a monumental vote of thanks from us all. During this session our panelists will share their experience on open source and discuss both the benefits and pitfalls as well as return on investment and ideology.