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Is free software better quality than closed software? Show more Show less

There is no singular way to define the quality of a software; there are many ways to define it. It could be defined by user satisfaction, the efficiency of the code, or the software's technological impact. With this in mind, how does free software compare to closed software?

No, free software is not better quality than closed software. Show more Show less

Open Software more buggy because has problems with support and updates. Also usually poor UI (programmer for programmer without designers and real marketing)
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Closed software has more benefits than free software

Friendly user interface, high-quality support systems, and easier usability are just some of the benefits of closed software. Whereas, free software might be more preferred among the tech community, closed software benefits people of all different skill sets.
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Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle all have one key factor in common. They are very successful companies that develop closed software. [1]This type of software significantly defers from free software. Whereas with free software, redistribution and modification are completely permitted and encouraged, with closed software such actions are entirely off-limits. The company or the developer owns it and its source code is not made available to the public. This type of software tends to come with many benefits that far overrule the ones that are gained from free software. In terms of usability, closed software’s documentation and guidelines are written with the intent that anyone can understand and freely use them. [2] As for open software, on most occasions, the manuals are not up to set standards and they are designed for developers or highly skilled coders to read. There are also many technical support systems built exclusively for closed software. Most people who use open software are tech-savvy and they can easily write code. However, it is reassuring to know that there are 24/7 support services available for those who are not as tech-savvy. Furthermore, the user interface with closed software is significantly more user friendly than that of open software. Given, all of these benefits of closed software, it is obvious that this is, without a doubt, more preferable to open software.

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Free software far triumphs closed software with regards to benefit to society. Free software assures that the online community has access to the source code. This greatly helps to elevate the standard of security associated with free software. Code can be easily edited, upgraded and loopholes or bugs can be fixed by many other online users. Furthermore, since the source code is readily available, the wider community can improve it. As people modify it and make it more efficient or adaptable to their individual needs, many innovative products can be produced. Overall, this not only benefits individuals but it can also lead to revolutions in the technology industry itself.

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  1. http://www.linfo.org/proprietary.html
  2. https://api2cart.com/business/5-differences-between-open-source-and-closed-source-software/source.html

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