Although open source software comes with lofty (and sometime altruistic) ambitions, some developers worry that the model just doesn’t present a practical plan for the future of the software industry. Shawn Shell argues that proprietary software is here to stay — for a lot of good reasons. Why should you bother with looking at open source software though? Isn’t it safer to stick with Microsoft and the other big corporate software designers? David Chisnall helps us to distinguish between proprietary (sometimes referred to as “predatory”) software and its open source counterparts.