This was always a false image. Not that I have anything against a good parent's basement, or a nice comfortable pair of jammies. And when open source was being born, at the bottom of the dot-bomb, there was high unemployment in the code-o-sphere.
But the coders and the coding were always professional. There have always been a lot of people in open source who knew how to make the coding train run on time.
So with Eclipse' Helios dropping yesterday, right on schedule (even with everyone else watching the U.S.-Algeria game) it's worth noting that this is the seventh straight year that the code has arrived on precisely the day it was supposed to.
All this provides a shared tool base on which professional programmers can make money. Eclipse is a shared corporate toolbox you can even access from your parents' basement, in your jammies.
But these are professional tools, like the box of Craftsman your grandfather left for your uncle so he could soup up his hot-rod back in the day. (Your uncle still knows his way around a gearbox, doesn't he?)
Eclipse is the open source dog that does not bark. Its professionalism is the clue that unravels the whole case, and makes much else possible. Many things go wrong in our troubled world, but professionalism like this can get us through.