If so, you're surely not alone.
As much as I rant and rave about the inherent benefits of the open-source approach to technology (and many other facets of business and life), I often fail to remember that not everyone understands "open source" beyond just business buzz word.
Thankfully, the Economist's review of The Comingled Code: Open Source and Economic Development, does well explaining the origins of and concept behind the open-source movement.
"In information technology there seems to be a revolution every other week. At least that is the impression one gets when following media coverage of the sector. Yet sometimes the hype is justified, in particular in the case of open- source software, free programs developed by loosely knit groups of developers. Within just 15 years they have completely changed the landscape of the software industry, turning it from a mostly capitalist economy into a mixed one.
"The shift should be of interest—and not just to techies. Software is important stuff; it keeps the world moving....
"At least theoretically, open source could also resolve the main dilemma that bedevils innovation policy. On the one hand, most inventors need incentives to keep inventing. On the other, the social value of an invention is maximised if anyone—not just those willing to pay for it—can use it. Open source seems to satisfy both conditions. Developers contribute voluntarily, and share code freely."
Now the tough part: How can you incorporate and promote open-source ethos in your business and life?