Software – Proprietary and Open Source

13 05 2009

Today’s topic is the difference between Proprietary and Open Source Software.

Proprietary Software – it software that is legally owned by one one company. For others to use it they must first buy it and then agree to terms and conditions or contracts. You cannot make changes to this software.Microsoft, Adobe and Itunes are all examples of Proprietary Software.

Open Source Software
– this is software where the source code is available to users. This means that it can be studied or modified to the user’s wishes. Open Source Software is also known as Free Software. The software is still liscensed but not trademarked. This means users can share this software as well and not worry about being sued by the owning company.




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