What is free is not necessarily Bloatware. Examples Galore. AVG is a free antivirus quite popular. Linux is a opensource OS the preferred OS for servers. Google analytics is free but pictorial and better than AW stats in its analytical insights.
Google documents is free but can be used var easily for geographical collaboration across continents for free with out inesting even a cent.
So got it. What is paid for may be better than open source but not always.