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Open Source in the Home

Open Source in the Home



A presentation that I gave to office colleagues on 23 August 2013 highlighting awareness of how much open source they are probably already using, and then going on to show some more useful software to ...

A presentation that I gave to office colleagues on 23 August 2013 highlighting awareness of how much open source they are probably already using, and then going on to show some more useful software to consider. The speaker notes expand further. The presentation was designed using LibreOffice and I used an Android tablet to remotely control the presentation.



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  • The focus here is more on the home than actual office use. The takeout is that awareness and familiarity is needed to realise that FOSS is now mature, innovative, and used everywhere. We need to play more with it not only to be useful at home, but also to advise clients more holistically. For government it is not about cost saving (that is 50% of the story) as the other half is local economic investment in FOSS services, freedom to change it, security, and stability. Not all FOSS is ideal for use, just the same as with proprietary software.
  • And similar for other brands too!
  • The actual Google apps such as Gmail, Calendar, Play Store, etc are not open Source and are licensed by Google to OEMs to distribute, hence CyanogenMOD Custom ROM may not distribute G Apps With the actual ROM.
  • Using Linux kernel and open source... have built their own custom app on top of that
  • Darwin is an open source POSIX-compliant computer operating system released by Apple Inc. in 2000. It is composed of code developed by Apple, as well as code derived from NeXTSTEP, BSD, and other free software projects. Darwin forms the core set of components upon which OS X and iOS are based.
  • GENIVI Alliance ● Goals: – reduce lock-in by suppliers. – reduce cost and TTM of new models. ● Methods: – Promote code reuse and attract outside contributors. – Focus on middleware: not a distro. ● Mailing lists and #genivi on FreeNode. ● 10 projects with released code including AUTOSAR (Diagnostic Log and Trace) and IPC (AF_BUS D-Bus Optimization)
  • Many cloud storage services actually use Amazon in the background. All our online shopping at Amazon is powered by open source software
  • As of August 2013 Chrome has a 46% share of the browser market... Google Chrome is 100% Chromium with some proprietary spyware etc added on top to make Chrome.
  • XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.
  • calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories: - Library Management - E-book conversion - Syncing to e-book reader devices - Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form - Comprehensive e-book viewer - Content server for online access to your book collection
  • Main features: - Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and Mounts it as a real disk. - Encrypts an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive. - Encrypts a partition or drive where Windows is installed (pre-boot authentication). - Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent. - Parallelization and pipelining allow data to be read and written as fast as if the drive was not encrypted. - Encryption can be hardware-accelerated on modern processors. - Provides plausible deniability, in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password: Hidden volume (steganography) and hidden operating system
  • PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted.
  • Booting from a LiveCD ensures a completely clean Boot with no malware or spyware. Download ISO file, Then burn to CD / DVD, and boot it! Booting from a LiveCD will work evenif your main Hard drive is not working, enabling you to get to the Internet, or to repair your Windows or Linux file system. And Linux can also be used on its own as a powerful, Secure, and user friendly OS... its free so get a copy And play without even affecting your current OS. I would recommend Linux Mint Cinnamon for starters.
  • . Notes
  • With DigiKam you can : - import pictures - organize your collection - view items - edit and enhance - create (slideshows, calendar, print, ...) - share your creations (using social web services such as Facebook, G+, Flickr), email, your own web gallery,
  • … and car racing, city simulation, puzzles, much more Steam Games provides top quality games for Windows, Linux, and Mac
  • Importing and exporting standard GEDCOM files Can use online service or host your own
  • Highly compatible with MS Office formats (this SITA MS PowerPoint template was imported AS IS with no Fixes needed into Impress) and fully ODF compliant. Exports to PDF. Can be copied and used anywhere.... LibreOffice works across Windows, Linux and Mac OS platforms so this presentation can be moved across and edited or presented using the same LibreOffice software. If Education cirriculum were designed for LibreOffice, the software would be freely usable by learners at home, and could be installed on as many computers as they wished without any license feeds payable. LO Writer = MS Word LO Calc = MS Excel LO Base = MS Access LO Impress = MS Powerpoint
  • LibreOffice Presentations can be remotely controlled by Android phone or tablet. Displays slides before and after with notes, or slide thumbnails for quick navigation. Free to use and connects via WiFi and Bluetooth and reads presentation over the link (no manual import or sync needed – updates on the computer will appear when using the Android device).
  • FOSS by its philosophy is open to broader crowdsourced input from across the world (many languages, cultures, etc). Its philosophy is one of sharing and interoperating... it wants to exchange data with other systems and seeks out open standards to do so. It outsurvives any individual project and can be forked into a new project eg. Like OpenOffice was forked into LibreOffice when the community was dissatisfied with how Oracle was managing OpenOffice. My personal Gadgeteer site link lists numerous best-of-breed open source software for use in the home as well as at the office.

Open Source in the Home Open Source in the Home Presentation Transcript

  • Open Source Software in the Home “Stuff You Can Use... And Probably Already Are!” by Danie van der Merwe 2013-08-23
  • 2 Agenda 1. What we already use 2. What we could also be using 3. Conclusion
  • 3 What we already use Samsung TV's, Cameras, Phones, Printers See http://opensource.samsung.com/
  • 4 What we already use Android phones excl Google applications CyanogenMod custom ROMs use the code See http://source.android.com/source/licenses.html
  • 5 What we already use Dstv's New Explora PVR See http://www.techcentral.co.za/dstvs-new-pvr-the-inside-story/42384/
  • 6 What we already use Apple iOS and Mac OS based on Darwin (BSD) See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_(operating_system)
  • 7 What we already use See http://she-devel.com/Chaiken_Hangout_Mar2013.pdf
  • 8 What we already use Facebook from the ground up... See https://developers.facebook.com/opensource/
  • 9 What we already use Amazon powered by Linux servers, Apache, Hadoop for big data, Genie for resource management, etc See http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/06/netflixs-open-source-genie-controls-the-data-in-amazons-cloud/
  • 10 What we already use Browsers such as Firefox and Chromium... See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_browsers
  • 11 What we already use And lots of other places.... Routers such as Linksys and D-Link Set-Top Boxes such as TiVo, Nokia Telephones such as Ericsson, Nokia (pre-Windows) GPS such as TomTom
  • 12 What we could also be using XBMC for media entertainment on..... Raspberry Pi ($35), Android, Windows, Linux, iOS Mac OS X See http://xbmc.org/about/
  • 13 What we could also be using Calibre e-book library management... and Sigil See http://calibre-ebook.com/about
  • 14 What we could also be using TrueCrypt disk encryption See http://www.truecrypt.org/
  • 15 What we could also be using Photorec for recovering lost video, photos See http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
  • 16 What we could also be using Linux for secure banking and recovery of Windows See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_CD
  • 17 What we could also be using Pidgin – talk to Mxit, GTalk, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo!, Skype, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Facebook... Jitsu adds SIP voice and video calls too See http://pidgin.im/about/ and https://jitsi.org/
  • 18 What we could also be using DigiKam for advanced digital photo management … and GIMP for serious image manipulation See http://www.digikam.org/about
  • 19 What we could also be using Games... FlightGear OpenBVE See http://www.flightgear.org/about/ and http://www.openbve.org/
  • 20 What we could also be using Webtrees collaborative geneology See http://www.webtrees.net/
  • 21 What we could also be using LibreOffice – Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base, Math (equation editor) Cross Platform and Standards Compliant! See http://www.libreoffice.org/
  • 22 What we could also be using LibreOffice – Using Android Impress Remote See https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.libreoffice.impressremote&hl=en
  • 23 Conclusion Without open source software the world would be: - less innovative - less interoperable - vendor lock in at greater cost - less freedom to experiment and customise FOSS is free to download and use... See http://gadgeteer.co.za/opensourcesoftware
  • Thank You “Software built on pride and love of subject is superior to software built for profit.” – Ravi Simhambhatla, CIO, Virgin America “Open source isn’t about saving money, it’s about doing more stuff, and getting incremental innovation with the finite budget you have.” – Jim Whitehurst, CEO, Red Hat