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?

  • Please post the question within your question as if it was on an SE site.
    – blunders
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 15:53

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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.

  • 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. Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 15:55
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    Even better than regular ol' Google, I'd turn to Google Scholar for links to publications. Commented Mar 21, 2012 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. Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 16:04
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    Try this Google Search
    – user102937
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 16:06
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    @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. Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 16:06

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