The problem with proprietary is that proprietary solutions do claim exclusivity and prevent progress. They raise prices to such extends that major parts of the world can’t afford it to participate. While the proprietary developers prevent with patents that anyone can compete.
So did Autodesk BUY most of it’s property (3ds Max, bought, Mental Ray,… bought,… Maya,… bought,… and the list goes on).
Adobe? The same, think of all former Macromedia solutions… (Flash!).
The proprietary developers let you pay for their market monopoly.
Microsoft is huge, Apple is huge, Adobe is huge,… Autodesk,… and go on, all giants build on patents.
Also is software often bound to hardware (iPhone iPad iMac), pushing you into a golden prison, depending like an addict to what ever it is they are pushing towards your direction. Not to speak of the child labor and unfair conditions related to the big giants.
(slave trade, slave camps, rape, child labor,… yes I know I loose you all here, but don’t believe me on my written word, just investigate yourself and find the truth behind the gold (and other) used in your precious overpaid proprietary gadgets)
The only reason that FLOSS is still around, because of the public licenses applicable, which prevents the giants from buying and adding to their monopoly.
So you do not have to pay for Blender and GIMP and can extend Blender and GIMP,… because you are allowed to do so!
Else Blender, Linux, GIMP, and the lot of other FLOSS solutions out there wouldn’t exist anymore.
Also do the proprietary developers bind the market to them, so you can’t leave.
So is there a city in Germany, wanting to seperate from Microsofts proprietary formats,… and after trying for a long time, they couldn’t.
Once you build your company up, depending on proprietary formats, you may end loosing everything you’ve build, simply because the proprietary owner will stop development, develops away from your core, or will stop development at completely. There are briliant pieces of software going down the drain because the competing nature was standing between someone’s profits and ideas to more money and power: buy the solutions and let it die… a tactic used on a daily basis.
And it doesn’t have to be FLOSS, OSS is OK as well, the developers have the right to charge for their work.
But they shouldn’t have the right to bind you to them indefinitely.
If you save a document/file: save it in a free format! (.odt instead of .doc / .blend instead of .max / .xcf instead of .psd / et cetera)
(FL)OSS may not always provide the tools exactly like you prefer.
But you can always change what ever it is you need to be changed. And are allowed to do so!
You can even ask/pay someone to do it for you if you can’t do it your self, this is not common with proprietary solutions.
If the direction they are headed doesn’t fit any longer, you fork and start your own spin off.
Where persons claim Photoshop to be better then GIMP, it might be in part their fault.
Spend your money on GIMP instead of buying that license of the proprietary solution, and you’ve may have already be the person responsible for half or entire that functionality you’ve been in demand for.
Using pirated versions of proprietary software even helps the proprietary monopolists (it is their standard and format you support and depend on, you use their tutorials, books and bug reports, you promote their product).
Where using FLOSS software, you do nothing illegal, and you will support the FLOSS solution (use their tutorials/books/video’s/bug reports)
And this is done without paying a dime to either one of them!
Software is power, you have the choice to give that power to the public, the community, or to pay to give it to an monopolist.
FLOSS is “world peace”.