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proprietary software

Most computers come with microsoft windows preinstalled, and then some more software such as virus scanners, cd burning apps, and often some "crapware". The manufacturer actually gets paid for preinstalling some of that software, in particular the crapware and often the virus scanner (which will have a limited subscription).

One can get a refund not only for windows, but also for all the other preinstalled software, even when the manufacturer actually got paid for including it! So if one wants a cheap computer... get one that was already made extra cheap though inclusion of lots of unwanted crapware, then ask for a refund Smiling .

Besides an interesting title this little story has an interesting conclusion:

"What we found is that selling pre-packaged software is a fairly small portion of the market. Nobody, or very few, really make money by selling software. Most make money be selling their time." -- Read more

There are, however, other points to be made which support the notion that proprietary software is just an anomaly. The nature of information, which software in essence is, allows for a free flow that the proprietary software model deliberately and artificially blocks. Although the justification for this un-natural act is that programmers gotta make money, this article as well as the existance of a growing Free Software market proves this justification invalid leaving the only other reason behind the existance of a proprietary software model: to make *even more* money, at someones expense.

Thanks to Fluendo, Linux and Solaris users on a variety of processor architectures can now purchase playback support for patent-encumbered audio and video formats. Similar support from free alternatives, whether they rely on copying Windows DLLs or use original code, all violate existing patent law. The mere existence of Fluendo's plugins needles a bevy of critics, but Fluendo is prepared to answer them all. And in an ironic twist, sales of these decoders for non-free formats are funding the development of free alternatives. [url=]Read more..