Who’s in charge?

Apparently the use of the terms describing free software as organic or non-organic depending on the extent to which the piece of software concerned is controlled or driven by a single company wound a few people up, partly due to the strong value judgements that the terms tend to imply. The terms I found myself using in a conversation about web frameworks with some Scotland on Rails attendees were commercial and corporate. These apply better in the web sphere where the business side of things is much more to the fore than it is in most free software work but the principle is there. Money floating around isn’t an issue, it’s the extent to which you have to deal with a particular company to get things done that makes the difference.

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