Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 12th Apr 2005 16:15 UTC
Editorial Being the best doesn't always mean being the most popular. We all know of many inferior products that are immensely, sometimes perplexingly, popular. However, this does not mean that one must forsake the pursuit of excellence when pursuing a broad market share. As proponents of open source software, it should not be beneath us to pursue popularity or to look to proprietary developers as examples. And by following the right examples, we can help spread the usage of open source software without sacrificing the goal of software excellence, says NewsForge.
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by Larry on Tue 12th Apr 2005 20:47 UTC

There are many advantages that proprietary development have over open source.

Money is one. Most open source developers don't get paid so have to do it in their offtime.

Proprietary developers tend to be close to each other so that they can have face-to-face time, whiteboards, brainstorming meetings etc.

Proprietary developers are forced to collaborate and not just fork something over because they don't like some other guys.

The only time that open source seems to work is in large projects with lots of momentum