Ed Parsons' entry about perceptions of open source leaves me scratching my head. I'm pretty sure the intention was to inform about the reality of open source GIS as well as the perceptions, but his readership could come away a bit confused.
The day started with Martin Daly of Cadcorp debunking some of the myths of open source software, including
- Open source does not mean free !!
- Open source means I can get access to the source code, different to "freeware"
- Open source developers are not cola fueled communists operating from their bedrooms, but mostly professional programmers employed by commercial companies to contribute to open source projects.
- In many ways open source licensing is as complex as commercial closed source licensing !!
I've never met Martin Daly, but know of him through the postgis-users list. I'm sure he'd do a great job debunking myths. Is the list in the excerpt above intended to be a list of myths, or a list of truths? To me it seems a bit of each, so I'll address them as they are.