Open Source Needs More Concerted Efforts
The quest for control is a serious problem in the open source arena. The problem sometimes seems trivial, but is really a loss of manpower by the professionals developing programs in an open source environment. The problem of seeking too much control leads developers to develop their own solutions for specific issues.
Reinventing the wheel is quite a common problem in the open source arena. Instead of using an already popular script, developers tend to write there own scripts for specific tasks. There may be hundreds of scripts with similar functions. There are however instances when a developer has to come up with something new when the existing system doesn't give the expected results. Developing a code from scratch will be faster than modifying an existing program.
Proprietary software, in this sense is quite advantageous here. The developers working with proprietary software hardly ever go to coming up with their own script as a solution for immediate problems at hand. Then again, proprietary software developers too invent their own wheels, but the goal is to avoid nasty situations like legal problems.