Open source and Proprietary software

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  • Created on: 30-03-19 12:34
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  • Open source and Proprietary software
    • Open source
      • It is software where the source code is made freely available
      • Users may legally modify the source code to create their own spin-off software
      • It can be shared under the same licence and terms
      • Examples are: Mozilla Firefox, Android, and Linux
      • Popular open source software is supported by a strong online community
      • Users activity help to improve the software
      • Advantages
        • It is free
        • Made for the greater good
        • Very reliable and secure
      • Disadvantage
        • Small projects could be buggy
        • Unpatched security holes
        • No warranties if something goes wrong
    • Proprietary software
      • Only the compiled code is released.
      • The source code is usually a closely-guarded secret
      • Restrict the modification, copying and redistribution
      • Must be paid for
      • Examples are: Microsoft and Adobe
      • Businesses use proprietary software instead of OS
      • Better customer support options
      • Advantages
        • Comes with warranties, documentation and customer support
        • Well-tested and reliable
        • Cheaper for companies than developing their own custom software
      • Disadvantage
        • Can be expensive
        • Software might not fit the user's needs
        • May not maintain older software after warranties expire

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