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closed source

n
(Computer Science)
a. intellectual property, esp computer source code, that is not made available to the general public by its creators
b. (as modifier): closed source software. Compare open source
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Given the size and the requirements for stability necessitated by the telecommunications giant, one would imagine the company would favor closed-source systems-and up until a few years ago, it did.
The topics of this year's gathering include digital discovery with bootable compact disks, forensic discovery in cloud environments, semi-autonomous link layer vulnerability discovery and mitigation dissemination, fast user classifying to establish forensic analysis priorities, self-forensics through case studies of small-to-medium software systems, and a comparative analysis of the patching behavior of open-source and closed-source software vendors.
Few understand the ubiquity of embedded open source software, even in so-called closed-source environments.
Some closed-source advocates see open source software as damaging to the market of commercial software.
They are free from the cost and don't feel locked in with closed-source technology," Handy says.
Proprietary software like Microsoft's is the shiny, expensive alternative; the open source software Linux is the obvious simple solution, according to Geck, who added: "The pencil never would have made it in a closed-source environment."