Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 157 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

I can't find any Stack Exchange site where to ask questions about open-source in general.

I need to write a paper that explains the historical developments of open-source in a professional and legal way. Therefore it would be interesting to find some publications about experiences companies have had with open-source. I've been to FOSDEM where some companies present a positive viewpoint about open-source. A paper however is only objective if it gives a balanced view about several opinions. Does anyone know any publications about this topic, or a Stack Exchange site where I can ask this question?

So to make a long story short: are there some pointers to publications with a negative view on Open-source?

share|improve this question
    
Please post the question within your question as if it was on an SE site. – blunders Mar 21 '12 at 15:53

The QA format provided by the SE platform is not a good fit for the kind of question that you want to ask. Regardless of where you ask it, it will get closed as Not Constructive:

This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally involve facts, references, or specific expertise; this question will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion

If you're looking for links to publications, Google is probably your best tool.

share|improve this answer
    
It's not realy an opinion I'm asking, it are references to opinions I am looking for. But I agree it has some characteristics that are open and do not fit in the Q&A format. – Willem Van Onsem Mar 21 '12 at 15:55
2  
Even better than regular ol' Google, I'd turn to Google Scholar for links to publications. – Cody Gray Mar 21 '12 at 15:57
    
The problem is that most of the searches turn out to be "The success of open-souce", "learn from open-source software", etc. Personally I'm a huge fan of open-source. But it would not be academic to only present one viewpoint. – Willem Van Onsem Mar 21 '12 at 16:04
1  
Try this Google Search – Robert Harvey Mar 21 '12 at 16:06
1  
@Commu: I think you're making this problem a bit more difficult than it needs to be. For example, if I type negatives of open source into a regular Google search, the first couple of hits are pretty promising-looking: neilgunton.com/doc/?doc_id=8586 and winter1008opensource.wordpress.com/2009/06/21/…. They might not be sources you want to cite directly in an academic essay, but they can certainly give you some ideas on a direction in which to take your assessment. – Cody Gray Mar 21 '12 at 16:06
    
Thanks! That's a start :D. – Willem Van Onsem Mar 21 '12 at 16:08

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .