But jumping to "Hey, it's free software and you get what you pay for!" if people gripe about it doesn't help the case for open source at all.
It doesn't help the naive case, but I don't care one whit about the naive case for open source or free software.
The reason I believe that open source and free software can reach higher levels of quality and utility and applicability than proprietary software is because open licensing gives a wider community the opportunity to improve the software.
The real response really ought to be "If you're part of the community, the quality and applicability and utility of the code is your concern too. Contribute." Contrarily, if you don't contribute in some means, you're very clearly not part of the community and your opinion about the code doesn't really matter.
Are you posting in the right place? Check out Where do I post X? to know for sure.
Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags. Currently these include the following:
<code> <a> <b> <big>
<blockquote> <br /> <dd>
<dl> <dt> <em> <font>
<h1> <h2> <h3> <h4>
<h5> <h6> <hr /> <i>
<li> <nbsp> <ol> <p>
<small> <strike> <strong>
<sub> <sup> <table>
<td> <th> <tr> <tt>
Snippets of code should be wrapped in
<code> tags not
<pre> tags. In fact, <pre>
tags should generally be avoided. If they must
be used, extreme care should be
taken to ensure that their contents do not
have long lines (<70 chars), in order to prevent
horizontal scrolling (and possible janitor
Want more info? How to link or
or How to display code and escape characters
are good places to start.