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  • Open Source Software
    Technology or Philosophy?
    Nigel J Linton
  • Technology versus Philosophy
    “Programs whose code is able to be fully studied, edited, redistributed and utilised by anyone – anywhere.”
    “Free speech not free beer”
    • Change from old style Cathedral construction to a modern Bazaar style.
    • Community of open source ‘hackers’ have attempted to develop rules and regulations to the process
    • Open source ‘attitude’ has been adopted by other technology based industries such as biotechnology
    Nigel J Linton
    Open Source Software
  • Examples
    Firefox – very popular open source browser developed by Mozilla foundation with over 20% market share, others include thunderbird.
    Linux/Ubuntu – term given to several operating systems operating using the Linux code as the foundation
    Open.Offfice – project started in 2000 with the aim to reduce office’s dominant market share, many reviews point towards its adaptability
    Nigel J Linton
    Open Source Software
  • Web 2.0 Inclusion
    How does open source fit in with web 2.0?
    • Strong focus on the users adding value e.g. Ubuntu frequently has new versions available most of which are edited by users and Firefox is heavily reliant on new user add-ons to increase functionality.
    • Detachment from the old structure of software creation – FireFox doesn’t set specific update dates just informs users that one is underway
    • Collaboration and community are key with the focus being upon the end product’s ease of use.
    Nigel J Linton
    Open Source Software
  • The future.
    Many open source software products are expanding – Linux only market share of operating system that is growing
    Many open source ‘hackers’ would like to see a future where all software is open source...
    However, companies are beginning to challenge the open source programmes, for example it’s predicted Firefox will be crushed between Chrome and Explorer.
    Nigel J Linton
    Open Source Software
  • Any Questions?
    Nigel J Linton
    Open Source Software