Linus Torvalds (email@example.com) 4/13/05
Unlike some people, I don't judge people for whether they are commercial or "free software" people, which means that to me it wasn't a case of knowing which side was "evil" (and thus wrong by default - isn't that how it works ;) to start with.
In my book, what matters is what you do - whether you want to sell things is your personal choice, but even more importantly it is not a moral negative or positive. I'm a big believer in open source as creating good stuff, but I don't think it's a moral issue. It's engineering.
So I think open source tends to become technically better over time (but it does take time), but I don't think it's a moral imperative. I do open source because it's fun, and because I think it makes sense in the long run.
For some reason that is hard for a lot of free software people to accept. Too many people see things as a war of "free software" against "proprietary evil". This is, btw, the real difference between the "open source" crowd and the "free software" crowd, as far as I'm concerned.