Originally Posted by solipsism
Products that don't have a strong financial backing don't have a structure for good developers to spend 60+ hours a week coding for it. Ergo, they are less likely to be better products than ones that are given away for free, relying solely on volunteer work.
That is true up to a point
. Plenty of counter examples of free but good quality programs abound.
OpenOffice and its Mac sister Neo Office immediately comes to mind. OpenArena in the FPS gaming genre is another.
Then you have the fact that about every major browser you can think of is free.
Finally there is Darwin-the core of Apple own MacOS.
Just because it it is free doesn't mean that the quality is any less than commercial products. Sturgeon's Law is just as applicable to commercial software as it is to free stuff.
Besides some commercial products never see the light of day even after years
of development. Can you say Duke Nukem Forever
? I knew you could.
Then you have the commercial stuff that basically has you as beta tester (or given the quality perhaps that should be alpha
tester). Age of Conan
fits very nicely in this category.