Having been working with ICT for the better part of 11 years now I feel I am at liberty to have a say in the debate on Open Source vs Commercial Software. Here goes…
The main point I would like to make is not one that will place me in this or that camp as a keen follower of a development philosophy. It is a much simpler one.
The licensing of software says something about your possibilities and limitations of using it. What the license does not reveal is the quality of the product.
Ultimately, the only way of determining the quality of a particular piece of software is to try it out.
There is good AND bad software in both licensing schemes!