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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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Open source software can easily comply with privacy audits because, unlike proprietary software, the source code is freely available.
A question arises, "Are the worlds of open source and proprietary software merging?" Like most questions about today's technology, there is no clear answer.
The belief that open-source software is technically better, as well as cheaper, than proprietary software has led some developing countries to consider subsidizing the development of open-source projects or giving preference to open-source over proprietary software in procurements.
At the time of its release, The Standish Group chairman Jim Johnson said open source software was costing proprietary software companies big bundles of cash.
Yet open source may be a fair ways off before it can match already-developed proprietary software for complex rugged, cannot-fail purposes such as analytics, heavy-volume skills-based routing, IVR, and outbound productivity say many industry observers and practitioners.
Hiran Perera, CEO of WalkingSpree stated, "The Pocket Pedometer with its USB port and our proprietary software is ideal for our wellness program.
Data download and mold set-up speeds are said to have been substantially improved, as well, via proprietary software and enhanced ergonomics.
The proprietary software product helped AFRT with planning, safety, compliance and preparation for what became Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and helped stem what would have been much more severe property losses from those storms.
Under the agreement terms, CTCLS will exclusively distribute Provantis, Instem LSS's proprietary software system designed for companies engaged in non-clinical safety evaluation studies.
The eight-month-long talent search--called "Code4 Bill"--coincides with another contest in India: the race between increasingly popular low-cost "open source" software and proprietary software like Microsoft Windows.
Using it to develop proprietary software may have a costly impact, one that you wouldn't associate with the term "free."