Pros and Cons of Open Source
There are some areas where Open Source has great advantages over other solutions and where it will stay. These are namely all areas where money is not made off software sales but more off consulting and configuration of this software. (like SAP or sendmail or ... )
Open Source may have a greater future in Europe because both the French and the German gouvernement are investigating the benefits of Open Source (OSes like Linux or others), especially the areas in which security is vital for states.
So where there is no money to make off services around the software, Open Source will only be viable in supporting roles (as seen with Loki games). so fully Open Sourced games will remain personal projects of some people.
Another problem with many Open Source projects is that too much manpower is wasted in many projects that essentially try to achieve the same goal. I have spent some time searching for a mailtool for my Gnome desktop. I did find a numer of clients which did have limited functionality, but all of them were not stable enough for everyday use.
So I am back again using pine. It is not pretty but it does what I need.
So the greatest problem is: Why does everyone feel the need to start his own project? (especially with much used/needed tools like mail clients) Many projects could advance a lot quicker if all people interested in developing a new tool looked around and contribute to an existing project instead of re-inventing the wheel over and over.
Just my 2 cents
PS: Please excuse any errors you find, I am not a native speaker :)