Open Source Software (OSS) Vs Proprietary/Commercial Software (PS) (Open…
Open Source Software (OSS) Vs Proprietary/Commercial Software (PS)
Advantages and Disadvantages
Could have creative and innovative ideas whereas Proprietary Software might not want to risk loosing their customers/users.
Larger companies might not know who to go to when they need help with their software.
There could be glitches, because the developers don't have enough money to rent an expert on how to build a good software and they might not be determined that much either because they aren't getting paid.
Takes a lot of time and effort so the end product might not be very good if it isn't paid for.
Helps bring prices of proprietary software down
Less frequent updates because the developers aren't getting paid much.
Less glitches because there is a bigger team to work on the software.
Collaboration- People across the whole world can collaborate to create a great product.
Support might not be very good.
Even more time consuming and expensive than OSS, because Proprietary Software usually should have more advanced features than Open Source Software.
Less collaboration, so there could be more glitches in the software, because it might not get tested that much times unlike OSS.
Less collaboration- A smaller team of people works together to make the software, so it might not be as good as OSS.
Companies who make Proprietary Software might have the amount of money to rent an expert on software, so the quality of the end product might be actually very good.
Might offer good bundles
Support will probably be quite good because the developers are getting paid for their work.
Likely to be safer- The developers have probably put more time and effort into this type of software because it is paid.
Could be included in the original price of the software, or there could be a bundle or a subscription model.
Could be free but could be paid too
The developers need money to run their company and their products, so they might make the updates paid.
Bug fixes are usually free, because the developers want their software to run smoothly and without any bugs, so bug fix updates are usually free.
The users or customers can modify or copy or add content.
The developers have to pay for a number of users to use their software but they cannot alter or add to it. They can't make changes or copy the software's ideas/functions.
Support is likely to be a lot better in proprietary software, because the developers want their customers to use their software products and not products of someone else's company.
The developers get the money to make and develop the software from its customers or users.
Proprietary software usually has a lot of advanced features
This is because the Open source software apps are taking away their customers, so the PS developers need to come up with other features.
Might have trials- e.g. 7-day trial.
E.g. Microsoft Office, Windows, Adobe Flash Player, etc.
The code of the software cannot be altered.
The software can't be altered, because what the developers have done is often what makes them stand out from all the other software developers.
Usually is paid
The developers have put in a lot of time and money to develop the software
This is because the software is worked on by professional developers.
Open Source software
Might have creative and innovative ideas
Open Source Software often helps bring prices of Proprietary Software down
Support might not be very good, because the developers aren't paid- or not a lot, so they are not as determined to help people/to get more users or customers to use their software.
E.g. GIMP, VLC Media Player, Python, etc.
The code of the software can be altered
This is because the software is for free and the developers of it are usually volunteers.
Can be paid
There might be also some features you have to pay for to use them e.g. more advanced editing tools in a graphics editing software
There might be updates which are paid to use, because developing a software can get quite costly and time-consuming
Adobe Flash Player (PS)
Works on all browsers
You can replace text fonts with other ones
Supports a lot of file formats
Flash uses vector images so the file size of the image will be smaller
It allows you to incorporate both vector and bitmap images if needed.
You need the Flash Player Plugin to make it work.
This could slow down your computer and the websites using flash quite a lot.
There could also be animated ads on the websites.
Some websites which use Flash have bad fonts which are not optimised to be used with Flash. You can't scale the text, so if it's too small, you just have to keep disabling Flash and enabling it when needed, but this is inconvenient.
There are quite a lot of people who use a phone nowadays to browse the internet, however, a lot of phones cannot display Flash websites- e.g. Apple or BlackBerry phones.
All-Flash websites are often not displayed on the website previews when you search something.
VLC Media Player (OSS)
Wider file format support (almost all the file formats which exist!).
Compatible with a lot of the operating systems
No ads or user tracking
A lot of customisation can be made on the files. E.g. cropping, subtitle stuff, audio track synchronising, etc...
There are not many updates lately.
There are quite a few playback problems- especially when you want to watch something in 4K quality.