Style - Copyrights
So CompanyX (or is it company_X ?) decides that you need to code in styleA. Can CompanyX hold a copyright on styleA as some sort of intellectual property? If so, evilEmpireMS would be in or even more money.
And on style issues - any programmer worth her/his salary should be able to make the transition between styles, provided that one given style is used for one given code chunk (say, per function at least).
In my environment, i know that coWorker34 programs in personalStyleIdiotic and thinks in logicalStyleNeurotic. Thus whenever i see personalStyleIdiotic, i can expect that the logics of it will flow to logicalStyleNeurotic.
In that sense, it's a context-based environment.
A comparison to something non-programming:
It's like accents. Once you're good with the English language, you can interpolate for the intricacies of any given language and it won't stand in the way of a conversation. Plus, hearing a British accent will give you some context of the person you're talking to.
freedom to run software
I had to pay approx. $1100 to run my software b/c i had to buy the computer it runs on. Until the day that we are all born with computers (gov sponsored computer distribution?), running software will always cost something. You may not be paying for the *software* that it is running, and perhaps the *software* is open sourced, but what about the *architecture* that the machine is running on?
Plus, the article seems to indicate that freshmeat is biased towards only indexing GPL'ed software, but pseudo-commercial software gets announced as well, not to mention the myriad of other licenses - BSD-style, Artistic, etc.
It is ridiculous when you start to question all the little aspects of open source. A better question: what can we do/change that will benefit the majority of our users? Given that the number one download (according to http://www.freshmeat.net/about.php3 (http://www.freshmeat.net/about.php3)) is Wine, the Windows emulator, i believe there must be fairly large base of users that are interested, in some form or fashion about running software on Windows. Providing a database of opensource windows apps for them would be beneficial.
Whether or not you do provide listings of open source Windows software, one thing freshmeat is missing is a misson statement. The about (http://www.freshmeat.net/about.php3) page would seem to be the ideal place to find such a statement, but it does not state that "freshmeat is a repository for open source software", let alone for only linux, gpl'd open source software.