So, you are unable to decide on the kind of software you should use to develop your next application on? Proprietary software or Open source software?? Here, we are going to help you with your decision on this very query. A minute read.
The alterations between Open and Closed source/proprietary software are straightforward, and there are equally clear pros and cons for each. There is no right or wrong answer to the question either. Your best option will largely depend on your business and its goals.
Proprietary (Closed) Software
Let’s see what a proprietary software is—Software that can be used only by obtaining a license after paying a fee for a software can be called a proprietary software.
Some software’s are free of cost, however not all software’s are free of cost—Why? Because organizations who develop a software customized for a specific use, feel that they should not share it with the community, they make it a mode of revenue for themselves as they sell the license to use the software for a fee. This sort of software is called a proprietary software. Its source code is not available for free, its not available anywhere, in fact.
Proprietary software is usually a closely guarded secret by the developer, be it an organization or an individual.
An example—Most popular example of this sort of software would be Microsoft windows OS that we, rather 88% of people all over the world use on their computers is a proprietary software, where one must pay to use the software.
Here are the major restrictions on a proprietary software:
Now for its counterpart—The open source software, is a software whose source code is freely distributed with a license to study change or further distribute to anyone, for any purpose can be called an open source software.
Why is open source software made available? Because not everybody can pay for a software. Dedicated programmers improve the source code and share the updated code with the community. In which case, a member of the community will be made accessible to the new changes made to that software.
Now, for further clarifications, there are two types of open source software-
Now, let’s discuss the key differences between open and closed source software:
The Key factors that help you realize when it’s appropriate to use open source and when to use a closed source software can be generalized as follows:
Overall, both open source and closed source software’s have each their own methodology, philosophy, pros & cons. The entire decision depends on your business needs. We hope that this information will come in handy for you to make the right business decision.
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