"The biggest coup of open-source software isn't that it's
(usually) free for the downloading. No, it's one of the few
remaining incubators for truly great apps. Freed from commercial
expectations, it starts with a good idea and steadily keeps on
evolving as hundreds of developers keep adding features and
improvements until, after years of commitment, the good idea
finally emerges as a great app.
"Witness the success of the Firefox browser. Many companies had
the guts to challenge Internet Explorer, but did any of them have
the resources and the commitment to stick with it for five or six
years? No, not even as a tax dodge..."