Open Source Software For EducationPresentation Transcript
Open Source Software For Education
with Elliot Jordan
1. Background and History of Open Source
2. Progress and Trends
Oh by the way...
So what is “Open Source”? Information that may be viewed, modified, copied and redistributed freely so that it is available to new innovations and contributions from a worldwide community of developers. It's a well-spring of imagination, creativity and productivity.
Let's have a (open source) beer Our recipe Recipe for approx. 85 ltr. Vores Øl (Our Beer) (approx. 6% alchohol by volume). For Vores Øl we use four types malted barley: * 6 kg pilsner malt * 4 kg münsner malt * 1 kg caramel malt * 1 kg lager malt The malt is crushed and put in 55-60°C hot water for 1-2 hours. The mixture is filtered and the liquid now contains about 10 kg malt extract.
Who uses it? PARIS Chicago MUNICH Banks Stock Exchanges Small Businesses Universities Utility Companies DMV
Strengths and Advantages
Worldwide community driven
It has become very user friendly
It may be adapted to your needs
Source code may be viewed and changed
Runs well on old hardware
Resource efficient, secure and stable
Adheres to common industry standards
Strengths and Advantages
Vast hardware support
Especially good on old retired hardware
Getting more stable and secure
Includes state of the art technology
1000's of apps for all purposes
Embraces open standards-no vendor lock-in.
Open Source rising... Approximately 60% of all web servers run Apache
Anecdotes In The News
The FAA/DOT is considering Linux over Vista/IE
Dell to sell PC's / Laptops with Linux pre-installed
HP considers Linux
Microsoft makes deal with Novell re Open Source
Novartis will give away information it has on genetic code associated with Diabetes. “It's better if a lot of companies can analyze this data rather than keep it secret”.
Open Source Forefathers Linus Torvalds Richard Stallman Eric Raymond
A Fresh Desktop Look
A Linux for this and that (some of the best)
Ubuntu – popular Debian based
Suse – full featured, just acquired by Novell
PCLinuxOS – fork of Mandrake
MEPIS – well designed, it just works
Slackware – an old standard, “pure” Linux
Gentoo – custom compiles all apps
Knoppix – good utility loaded for fixing stuff
Red Hat/Fedora – enterprise level Linux
Rpath – has innovative package manager
Damn Small, Puppy – only 50-200mb
Dedicated To -
Telephony PBX Switch
Dual, Triple Boot
So how do they make money?
Selling related merchandise
Selling Support (biggest source)
Get bought out by another company
Important Sites sourceforge.net schoolforge.net newsforge.net distrowatch.com freshmeat.net
The GUI and the Command Line Everyone wants computers to be easy-nice menus, buttons and toolbars to click on. The trend is to “gui-fy” everything. Most administrative tasks in Linux (or BSD) may be done with via a GUI. Some tasks are still done more efficiently via the command line. Still other more complex or involved tasks may also require it.