Open source development tools like MySQL, Eclipse, PHP or JBoss are now adopted by many software development organizations. A recent examined how the quality of open source tools is perceived against their commercial competitors. A similar poll was conducted twice in the past and it is interesting to compare the results.
Open source versus commercial tools quality Same quality: 31% There is no easy answer to this question: 25% Superior in quality: 21% Inferior in quality: 12% I do not use open source tools: 6% I do not use commercial tools: 3%
The results have not changed significantly compared to the previous polls. Even if the number of participants thinking that quality is similar has decreased slightly, a majority still judges that open source software development tools is as good or better than commercial products.