Difference between Open source Software and Commercial Software

1. Open source Software :
Open source software is the computer software developed either by an individual, group or an organization to meet certain requirements and it is available for any modifications based on its developing body’s interest. Open source software is published openly for general public and here the source code is open for all. For open source software the users do not need to spend any cost. It is available under free licensing. It depends on donations and support as its main source of find.

Some examples of open source software are Firefox, OpenOffice, Zimbra, VCL media player, Thunderbird.

2. Commercial Software :
Commercial software is the computer software where only the person, team, or organization that created it can modify also they have exclusive right over the software. Anyone needs to use it has to pay for it valid and authorized license. Here the source code is protected. For commercial software the users need to spend moderate to expensive cost. It is available under high licensing cost. It depends on its software sale / product licensing as its main source of fund.

Some examples of commercial software are Windows Operating System, MS Office, SAP, Oracle, Adobe Photoshop.



Difference between Open source Software and Commercial Software :



S.No. OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE COMMERCIAL SOFTWARE
01. Open source software is the computer software developed either by an individual, group or an organization to meet certain requirements and it is available openly for general public for any modifications based on its developing body’s interest. Commercial software is the computer software where only the person, team, or organization that created it can modify also they have exclusive right over the software. Anyone needs to use it has to pay for it valid and authorized license.
02. The cost of open source software is free. The cost of commercial software varies from moderate to expensive.
03. Open source provides limited technical support. Commercial software provides guaranteed technical support.
04. Open source software is available under free licensing. Commercial software is available under high licensing cost.
05. In open source software users need to rely on community support. In commercial software users get dedicated support from the vendor.
06. In open source software installation and updates are administered by the user. In open source software installation and updates are administered by the software vendor.
07. Limited hands on training and online resources are available for open source software application training. On site and Online trainings are available from the commercial software vendor side for software application training.
08. Here in open source software users can customize. But in commercial software mainly vendor offers customization.
09. In this rapid community response helps in fixing the bugs and malfunctions. In this mainly the vendor is responsible for fixing the malfunctions.
10. In open source software the source code is public. In commercial software the source code is protected.
11. The source of funds of open source software mainly depends on donations and support. The source of fond of commercial software depends on its software sale / product licensing.
12. Firefox, OpenOffice, Zimbra, VCL media player, Thunderbird are some examples of open source software. Windows Operating System, MS Office, SAP, Oracle, Adobe Photoshop are some examples of commercial software.

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