Here on OStatic, we've frequently debated whether fragmentation is good for open source projects, or not so good. We've published posts arguing that centralized management of open source projects and documentation could have big benefits for users, and we've run many posts on successful forks of open source projects.
This sort of confirms a suspicion I have had for some time that while we could potentially build much larger projects using open source than is possible with the proprietary model (just based on licensing costs) we still don't have the tools and t
Most commercial software today depends on open source software. The commercial software might be using an underlying open source platform, or it might be incorporating open source components, or it might be provided as a commercial open source product itself.
Webopedia: "Open source tools are viable alternatives to popular closed-source applications and some open source tools offers features or performance benefits that surpass their commercial counterparts."