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Proprietary and Open Source Software

1. Proprietary software is also called an

open source software.
True False

6. Proprietary software offers a stable

system with support if the software fails or
True False

2. Proprietary software offers a stable

system with support if the software fails or
True False

7. Proprietary software is privately owned

and controlled by a company or limited to a
specific vendor or computer model.
True False

3. Open source software is software

provided for use, modification and
True False

8. Many application programs, utilities and

plug-in have Linux versions including:, Netscape, Yahoo
Messenger, RealPlayer, QuickTime and
Acrobat Reader.
True False

4. Proprietary software is popular because

this software is a closed software any
programmer can make improvements which
can result in a better quality software.
True False

9. An open source software is popular

because it has an interesting interface.
True False

5. Users can obtain Linux in a variety of

ways. Some download it for free from the
web. Others purchase it from vendors.
True False

10. Mac OS X has the best GUI.

True False

Advantages and Disadvantages of Proprietary Software


The producer creates proprietary software that must be
bought. (Disadvantage for user)

Security is a major issue in proprietary software.

Manufacturers are often under massive amounts of pressure to

release the proprietary software before it is completely ready
and bug free.

Users can distribute the proprietary software freely.

Proprietary software requires fees to make improvements.

1. It is difficult to know whether there are

security issues within the proprietary software
because .
A. the code is not available
B. the code is too complicated
C. the code is password protected
D. the code needs special program to open



4. Why is proprietary software popular among

A. The software can support any problems.
B. It can detect and correct certain types of
common problems on hard disks.
C. The software offers a stable system support if
the software fails or malfunctions.
D. The software offers an automatic correction if
the software fails or malfunctions.

2. Customising the software is nearly impossible

because when users buy the proprietary
software they will receive .
A. a code
B. a module
C. a program
D. a binary version

5. Which of the following are the advantages of

proprietary software for users?
I. Free to download
II. Easy to install and use
III. Free to make improvements
IV. The software offers a stable system support
A. I and III
B. II, and IV
C. II, III and IV
D. I, II, III and IV

3. The following are advantages of proprietary

I. it offers a stable system support if it fails or
malfunctions. This is usually available online and
II. security is a major issue. Manufacturers will
have to invest in an ongoing research against
threats from hackers
III. easy to install and use as the production is
planned and extensive research is carried out to
ensure users purchase only the best
IV. safe and guaranteed to be safe from dubious
threats like programming bugs and viruses thus
providing ease of mind for the user
A. I, II and II
B. I, III and IV
C. II, III and IV
D. I, II, III and IV

6. Vendors of proprietary software say keeping

the source code closed makes their product
A. more stable
B. more secured
C. easy to install
D. easy to make improvements
7. Which of the following proves that proprietary
software does not provide high level security?
A. The code is not viewable.
B. Only a binary version is distributed
C. Large number of successful attacks
D. Because no one knows about the bugs