Stern’s rant is bombastic and monomaniacal, at best, but there is a kernel of a point with which I can agree. It seems that OSS should be able to genuinely improve faster than the rate at which most projects actually seem to do so. You do have wonder a little that the lack of a direct fiduciary consequence may take away some of the driving need to improve the user experience. Still, I generally prefer open source and free software to proprietary. I do have to admit to having a handful of must-have, smaller commercial applications for which I just haven’t found compelling free or open replacements.