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  Proprietary software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Proprietary software is software that has restrictions on using and copying it, usually enforced by a proprietor.
The term is used by the Free Software Foundation to describe software that is not free software or semi-free software.
Proprietary software that has a copyright that isn't enforced but is used illegally by users is called "abandonware" and may include source code.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Proprietary_software   (419 words)

  
 Proprietary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Proprietary indicates that a party, or proprietor, exercises private ownership, control or use over an item of property, usually to the exclusion of other parties.
In the colonial era, a (notably British) monarch could, as a form of indirect rule, grant proprietary rights to individuals over a proprietary colony, in which the proprietors (sometimes styled Lords Proprietors) were given exclusive control, not just ownership under private law, or to a chartered company.
Proprietary software is not free software or open source software as end-users generally do not have the ability to:
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Proprietary   (229 words)

  
 Why You Don't Need Proprietary Bot Software (A.L.I.C.E. AI Foundation)
Most of today's bot software is proprietary, meaning that its source code is closed, its methods layered over with some attempts at legal protection (patents, etc.), and its use restricted to those who agree to pay license fees that are usually very large, and that are usually followed up by hefty professional services fees.
Claims of better scalability or intergratability from proprietary vendors simply cannot compete with a free/open source project that exposes its full workings to the world, and receives scrutiny from an impressive roster of individuals from around the world and from a variety of technical, managerial, and expertise backgrounds.
Since proprietary products are by their nature shrouded in secrecy, and since bot technology especially is something where a lot of smoke and mirrors is necessary to hide the relative lack of differentiation among solutions on offer, making that comparison is, naturally, a matter of some detective work.
www.alicebot.org /articles/bush/dontpayalotforthatbot-fulltext.html   (4482 words)

  
 Categories of Free and Non-Free Software - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
Meanwhile, most free software is not in the public domain; it is copyrighted, and the copyright holders have legally given permission for everyone to use it in freedom, using a free software license.
GNU software is software that is released under the auspices of the GNU Project.
Semi-free software is much better ethically than proprietary software, but it still poses problems, and we cannot use it in a free operating system.
www.gnu.org /philosophy/categories.html   (2471 words)

  
 Confusing Words and Phrases that are Worth Avoiding - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
In the Free Software Movement, we want to avoid being confused with the more recent Open Source Movement, so we are careful to avoid usage that would encourage people to lump us in with them.
In the first decade of the Free Software Movement, free software packages were almost always noncommercial; the components of the GNU/Linux operating system were developed by individuals or by nonprofit organizations such as the FSF and universities.
Software businesses exist, and various businesses develop free and/or non-free software, but those that develop free software are not like factories.
www.gnu.org /philosophy/words-to-avoid.html   (2194 words)

  
 Network Computing | Workshop | Business Applications | The Law and Open-Source Software | Page 1 | October 29, 2001
The software industry uses copyright law to protect the rights of software owners and developers, and uses licenses to control the exercise and transfer of those rights to other parties.
Proprietary software vendors have a financial interest in maximizing their return on investment by prohibiting modifications to products, limiting the number of copies a customer can make and restricting their distribution.
Open-source software vendors are less restrictive and allow the enterprise not only to run and copy the software but to modify it and distribute the modifications under certain conditions that vary depending on the license.
www.networkcomputing.com /1222/1222ws1.html   (1151 words)

  
 CNN - Open source guru blames proprietary software for Y2K woes - March 11, 1999
Proprietary software means proprietary support, where you have to wait for the vendor to give you an upgrade."
Stallman, whose GNU project provided much of the software that eventually became the Linux Unix-like operating system, said that the idea of proprietary software is relatively new, and is bad for both business and society as a whole.
Stallman said that proprietary software not only represents a restrictive regime, but that much of it is less functional than earlier collaborative software.
www.cnn.com /TECH/computing/9903/11/stallman.y2k.idg   (658 words)

  
 Proprietary software: A defence - ZDNet UK Comment
As noted in my article opposing software patents, companies such as IBM were built on the foundation of judicious use of the patent system.
However, short of abolishing software patents (which would be very hard to do, and either way, won't happen tomorrow), governments can walk the line between the dangerous and the useful by requiring legally binding, low-cost licensing regimes for important and useful intellectual property.
It is important to recognise, however, that those large foreign software companies became centres of software innovation using the revenue-generation power of proprietary software.
comment.zdnet.co.uk /0,39020505,39118576-4,00.htm   (896 words)

  
 LWN: Software patents no bigger threat to Free Software than to proprietary software
While Free Software is going to suffer along with all of industry and society, there is no need to fear for its existence or legal safety any more than there is need to fear such legal insecurity with regard to proprietary software.
Creating awareness for these issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central issues of the FSF Europe, which was founded in 2001 as the European sister organization of the Free Software Foundation in the United States.
As for listing proprietary software, we can't ever be sure that a company doesn't have a private cross-licensing agreement so such a database would be of no value to free software developers, users, or vendors.
lwn.net /Articles/96870   (2054 words)

  
 In defense of proprietary software | Tech News on ZDNet
In short, proprietary software is little more than a means of "monetizing" software so as to make it a source of growth and an attractor of investment, and that "monetization" is essential to the health and future growth of a software industry in developing nations.
Proprietary software exists for one simple reason: as a means of enabling software as such to generate revenue.
When software generates profit, it enables companies to grow, attracts investment (as investors prefer profitable companies as a place to put their money) and enables those companies to grow into tremendous sources of innovation and local employment.
news.zdnet.com /2100-3513_22-5125160.html   (2063 words)

  
 O'Reilly -- The Future of Technology and Proprietary Software   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
In short, the kind of premium that proprietary software has enjoyed in the Microsoft era is likely to be significantly reduced, till it is equivalent to the proprietary value that, say, Mercedes has relative to Toyota or BMW or GM.
The software industry is a long way from balance, but I'm convinced that many of the key players on both sides are moving to the middle.
Meanwhile, they are also accepting that many hotly fought battles of the past are over, that the software that is the subject of those battles is no longer as valuable as it was, and that the locus of value (and unfortunately, the next round of battling for advantage) has moved on.
tim.oreilly.com /articles/future_2003.html   (2905 words)

  
 LWN: No future in proprietary software (ZDNet)
It was, reportedly, his experiences there and his observations on the lack of unencumbered software at the time that led him to start what is now, and may have always been, the GNU project.
So, GNU and free software in general has a lot in common with the communist idea - that everyone is equal (in all "communist" states until now, some have been more equal than others...) and have the exact same rights.
Opinions are still divided, and I see people just using software because it does something they need, not because it is a good software (a software well conceived, that allow people working on it to be paid normaly, that is secure...).
lwn.net /Articles/17177   (4336 words)

  
 Stallman: No future in proprietary software - ZDNet UK News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Microsoft is just one of many proprietary software companies, and those proprietary software companies are all more or less disrespecting the freedom of their own users.
IBM develops proprietary software, Caldera (International, which is now known as SCO Group) develops proprietary software, I believe.
They would rather that software is not proprietary, but they will never say that it's wrong.
news.zdnet.co.uk /software/0,39020381,2127047,00.htm   (1565 words)

  
 LLRX.com - Lexis & Westlaw: Proprietary Software Versus Browser Based
Upgrades and new software releases were far and few between and usually came in sets of multiple diskettes that were shipped directly to the end users.
The introduction of the Internet and the ability of users to download the software from the vendors' websites has made the process a bit easier, but the main factor still remains that the vendors have to depend on the end user to upgrade their software.
The familiarity we have developed as software users is worth a lot in terms of peace of mind while researching, especially in the stressful environments we often find ourselves in the legal profession.
www.llrx.com /features/webvsoftware.htm   (2166 words)

  
 Licence fees and GDP per capita   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Meanwhile, the controversy over total costs of ownership (TCO) of free vs. proprietary software is not applicable to developing countries and other regions with low labour costs, where the TCO advantage lies with free software, and the share of licence fees in TCO is much higher than in (richer) high labour cost countries.
The Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) study in 2002 [1], a comprehensive study of developers and users, showed that the most important reason for developers to participate in open source communities was to learn new skills — "for free".
They realised that they could use proprietary software to provide access to all government officials, or even all doctors and engineers and universities; but in order to provide full ICT access to all citizens there was no choice but to use free software [5].
firstmonday.org /issues/issue8_12/ghosh   (2967 words)

  
 Open Source--The Unauthorized White Papers Chapter 12, The Proprietary Software Business: New Opportunities . . . and ...
The Open Source movement, on the other hand, believes that proprietary software has its place in the world, and that there ought to be licensing arrangements that permit Open Source and proprietary software to work together.
Proprietary software is needed in an Open Source world when there is a need for software that no one has the resources or the motivation to tackle.
Only in the sense that some proprietary applications or utilities might be put in the box and not be made available to the other distros.
www.stromian.com /Book/Chap12.html   (2474 words)

  
 Proprietary Business Finance Software For Linux
The closing of their doors expands the cautionary tale; if your vital financial data is shackled inside a set of proprietary software tools, your enterprise undertakes all of the risk of how financially sound the vendor is. If they had been using some third party database system, perhaps with an SQL
Regardless, the situation demonstrates the importance of planning installation of this sort of software most carefully, as if things do not work out, migrating back to old software or on to another package is an expensive and disruptive process.
This software uses a Borland Delphi front end (thus meaning that users must be using MS Windows), and a backend server based on Interbase/Sybase/Oracle, which may run on Linux.
www.cbbrowne.com /info/financeproprietary.html   (1728 words)

  
 Proprietary software--banned in Boston? | Tech News on ZDNet
Eric Kriss, state secretary of administration and finance, said the policy was articulated in an internal memo that circulated last week and was formalized in a state capital spending plan released Monday.
The state will also give preference to open-source software, although it will continue to purchase proprietary products if they are found to be superior technologically or otherwise, Kriss said.
Massachusetts has sought the stiffest sanctions against Microsoft among the states that are participating in the antitrust case against the software giant.
news.zdnet.com /2100-3513_22-5084442.html   (580 words)

  
 NewsForge | What proprietary software can teach open source developers about winning over new users
One particularly successful bundle of software is the proprietary iLife application suite for the Macintosh.
A key to this software's popularity -- in addition to the fact that it is pre-installed on every Mac -- is that its simple interface, intuitive menu structure, complete integration between applications, and logical default settings, give even a beginner a lot of power.
Linux software can surely provide that "wow" impression to a user, but there is not often enough an easy point of entry that brings that "wow" to a new user quickly.
software.newsforge.com /software/05/04/08/155252.shtml?tid=152&tid=132&tid=89   (2985 words)

  
 NewsForge | What happens when a proprietary software company dies?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
A growing number of independent software developers and resellers seem to be choosing the open source direction.
Looking at the success level of every sourceforge project out there and comparing it with the very few proprietary software companies (probably less than ten) that actually make any sort of money out their efforts isn't really very fair.
Even if the entire packaged software market were to completely vanish tonight, people would still pay money on these things, and the vast majority of IT professionals would still have a job.
www.newsforge.com /software/03/10/18/1814211.shtml?tid=132&tid=82&tid=89   (2962 words)

  
 The Software Builder LLC -- Proprietary Software
This application uses The Software Builder's proprietary decision support engine, a collection of C++ matrix classes that incorporate the rules of matrix algebra and, via operator overloading, allows C++ programmers to perform complex matrix operations using simple notation.
CashMan account management software, which manages multiple deposit and credit card accounts, facilitates interaccount transactions, allows users to access their accounts via their banks' and card issuers' websites, and permits users to easily query their accounts and print user-designed reports.
These controls, which developers can install onto the components palette of the IDE using the provided component installation program, are available for download from the Downloads page of this website or from from the "Code Central" page of the Borland Community website.
www.thesoftwarebuilder.com /propware.html   (637 words)

  
 Proprietary software: A defence - ZDNet UK Comment   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The "pro" camp made good points, and you certainly couldn't fault them for failing to be close to the IT situation in their respective countries.
There were a few misconceptions, however, regarding the role proprietary software plays in software development.
In short, proprietary software is little more than a means of "monetising" software so as to make it a source of growth and an attractor of investment, and that "monetisation" is essential to the health and future growth of a software industry in developing nations.
comment.zdnet.co.uk /0,39020505,39118576,00.htm   (423 words)

  
 VA Linux to sell proprietary software | CNET News.com
While some companies such as Red Hat have stayed with the open-source philosophy, under which software may be changed, modified or redistributed by anyone, others such as ArsDigita have reversed that direction to focus instead on more traditional sales of proprietary software modules.
The mixture of open and proprietary software "is a model we saw a lot of people going to," Augustin said.
Red Hat, which sells Linux software but not hardware, broke even in June, but analysts from Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs project a meager profit of a penny per share for the fiscal year that will end in February.
news.com.com /2100-1001-272084.html?legacy=cnet   (1005 words)

  
 Factors affecting the use of open source software in tertiary education institutions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Open Source Software (OSS) is software that has been released under a license which requires the distribution of the software’s source code with any binaries.
It is clear however that the majority of the OSS software being used is in server infrastructure with a lesser amount being used on normal desktop machines.
It is also clear that the perception is that the TCO for OSS is less or at least the same as proprietary software, that it is no harder and sometimes easier to support, and that it offers significant advantages over proprietary software.
www.firstmonday.org /issues/issue9_2/glance   (1307 words)

  
 proprietary mac software?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Propiertary Mac software is when you've bought Mac OS X 10.1 and then you have to buy Mac OS X 10.2 which is mostly a big patch over all that bugs that present in 10.1
Proprietary Mac software isn't any different than proprietary Windows software.
He's just arguing that if you've already bought the Windows proprietary software, it's hardly an advantage to buy it once again for another platform.
www.oreillynet.com /cs/user/view/cs_msg/21731   (694 words)

  
 Small Business Dilemma: Open Source or Proprietary Software? - OSNews.com
While the quality of open source software varies from excellent to pre-alpha, the same can be said of proprietary software.
The desktop software licenses were going to cost approximately $1000.00 each, that was $8000.00 total in desktop software licensing.
When the estimated cost of retraining was compared to proprietary software's licensing fee's, we made the decision to migrate to opensource.
www.osnews.com /story.php?news_id=4108   (1056 words)

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