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open source

Computer software that may be used, modified, or distributed to others without violation of the original developer's license or patent.
open-source, adjective
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While open source is malleable and scalable in a way that closed source often cannot be, one area that has commonly been thought to be weaker when it comes to open source is security.
A proprietary closed source system is an environment in which the owner retains intellectual property rights, usually copyright of the source code and sometimes patent rights.
Some products are a combination of open and closed source, and may fall under more than one license.
Additionally, a comparative study is performed, comparing open source and closed source (proprietary) projects.
To understand what differentiates open source from closed source, you first need to understand how the open source software packages and operating systems are written in order to foster continuous development.
At the same time, the era of datacenters driven solely by proprietary closed source software is rapidly coming to a close.
All this helps to keep costs in check to sustainably offer db4o at much lower prices than closed source competitors.
The Applied Watch Command Center, a security information management system for open source security software, enables organizations to use these free open source alternatives without losing the enterprise-grade management capabilities enjoyed in commercial, closed source products.
The company's Outlook MAPI connector will remain closed source, but will be enabled to interoperate with the open source server components.
According to the Forrester reports, "The role of open source software in application development is growing,"(1) and "Open source databases offer sufficient features for most applications, as they continue to narrow the gap with closed source database technology in features and functionality.
The OFR includes the same advanced routing features and protocols as the closed source competition, so it can interoperate with anything my customers already have in place," said Knox.
The survey results are consistent with an analysis by Forrester Research, which recently published a report stating that open source databases will continue to put pressure on closed source RDBMSs as the features and functionality gap narrows between the two and adoption of open source databases continues to gain traction.