BigEd wrote:One problem with this question is that people feel strongly about it. For the purpose of this project, it's good to be informative but otherwise neutral.
Agreed. Working in the commercial IT world as I do I go for Neutral(ish) and using right product for the job, be i open or not. It is never free either way and it is usually cost and security that customers are more worried about (And whether open source is more secure and cost less is another one of them bubbling along debates). And gets even more confusing once you add in that most commercialy supported products have some element of open source code in them somewhere. But agree with Simoni, it is worth getting a basic understanding, there is no right or wrong answer just shades of garish Acorn mode 7 pallette.
Perhaps one way to approach it is to change the presentation:
- a column for 'sources available', 'Yes' or 'No' (or 'Some')
- a column for 'open source license', 'Yes' or '-' (or '?')
That is more or less what the 'other' column is. Well it is really a dodge. It means. 'Dont know', 'Openish but no license','Closedish but free to use/modify if you can work out how','Based on other open source' and anything else I can think of.
I could add more columns or extra category's in existing ones. Just a bit worried that you average man in the street might get confused. And of course a retro computer user is not you average user. Hmmmm.