Open Source vs Proprietary

open source vs proprietary

Open Source vs Proprietary

The term open source refers to software whose source code — the medium in which programmers create and modify software — is freely available on the Internet. By contrast, the source code for proprietary commercial software is usually a closely guarded secret.

The most well-known example of open source software is the Linux operating system, but there are open source software products available for every conceivable purpose.

Open source software is distributed under a variety of licensing terms, but almost all have two things in common: the software can be used without paying a license fee, and anyone can modify the software to add capabilities not envisaged by its originators.

Below are some basic differences between open source and proprietary software

OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE PROPRIETARY (CLOSED SOURCE) SOFTWARE
1 Open Source Software is a software that is free to use and which provides the original source code used to create it so that advanced users can modify it to make it work better for them. Proprietary Software (Closed Source Software) means the company that developed the software owns the software and no one may duplicate it or distribute it without that company’s permission.
2 Purchased with its source code Purchased without its source code
3 Users can get open source software for free You must pay to get the proprietary software
4 Users can modify the software Users can not modify the software
5 Users can install software freely into any computer Users must have a license from vendor before installing into any computer
6 No one is responsible to the software Full support from the vendor if anything happen to software
7 Examples: Linux, GIMP, Blender, Inkscape, Mozilla Firefox, OpenOffice.org,  KOffice etc Examples: Microsoft Windows, Office, Adobe Master Collection, Corel Draw/Office, Apple Mac Os etc