These days, arguing that open-source software is crap seems dumb. How many websites are powered by a combination of MySQL, PHP, and Apache? How many IT applications, written in Eclipse, run on Java, using SWT widgets? How many design studios rely heavily on The GIMP and Inkscape for their everyday photo-retouching and page layout needs?
Er, wait. That last one. Doesn’t quite ring true. In fact, as good as most people seem to insist that Inkscape and The GIMP are, I’ve yet to see a major shop that ran on anything other than Adobe or Quark.
Okay, but, at least I can point to the many offices that run OpenOffice or KOffice! Or that have ditched FileMaker and Access for Kexi! Or that proudly rely on OpenGroupware for their scheduling needs!
…well. Except that I can’t.