Why FOSS? FOSSWhy FOSS? Every day, we use a variety of applications without even wondering about their origins. Our main goal is to complete the task at hand, as long as these needs are satisﬁed we remain loyal to the particular software. But users like me and You need change over a period of time. So developers of the softwares work hard for that. This is due to highly competitive software market. What if you need not pay money to buy a software or use a pirated one? Open Source softwares will do that for you.
Why FOSS? FOSSWhat is FOSS? Free and Open Source Software. Free/Libre/Open-source software (FLOSS) is software that is both free software and open source. It is liberally licensed to grant users the right to use, copy, study, change, and improve its design through the availability of its source code. Free refers to the freedom to copy and re-use the software, rather than to the price of the software. ”Think of free as in free speech, not as in free food”.
Why FOSS? FOSSOpen Source Software Open Source Softwares can be even better than their commercial varients in some cases. This all starts with any individual designing a ﬁrst version of a software and he puts it for testing, debuging and reviews by others. Over a period of time the application keeps improving.
Why FOSS? FOSSA bit of History.. In the 1950s-60s-70s, it was normal to provide free software. 1960s change was inevitable: the reason, a growing software industry. Software Players did not want the costs of ”free” software bundled with hardware product costs. Hence, Software was also sold. In 1983, Richard Stallman, announced the GNU project later the Free Software Foundation (FSF) was founded in October 1985. This formed the base for the freedoms of the software users.
Why FOSS? FOSS4 Freedoms. Lets have a look at the 4 freedoms a Free Software user has: 1 freedom 0: The freedom to run the program, for any purpose one likes. 2 freedom 1: The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs. 3 freedom 2: The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbour. 4 freedom 3: The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements for the public.
Why FOSS? FOSSOpen Source Software If you don’t want to buy a software and still want the intended task done, then you can shift towards the OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE. So now the question is: Which open source software to use ? Lets have a look at some of the softwares that a person new towards open source can easily use.
Why FOSS? FOSS1. The OS Ubuntu: It is most widely used open source operating system and provides community and professional support. It is available for mobile platform as well as for desktops. You can Upgrade to a new version available at the end of each six months. Ubuntu is very easy to integrate, and provides you tools to create documents, spread sheets and presentations and share them with Windows users stress-free. Most Imortant its FREE to be downloaded . URL: www.ubuntu.com
Why FOSS? FOSS2. The Browser Mozilla Firefox: Firefox currently accounts for 24.43% of the recorded usage share of web browsers. Already the browser of choice for most web professionals. The Private Browsing feature is awesome and very useful. A very useful browser for personal use too. URL: www.mozilla.org/en-US/ﬁrefox/fx
Why FOSS? FOSS3. The Oﬃce tool Open Oﬃce: It is used for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is cross platform software and available in many languages. Stores data in open standard format, It can also read and write software packages such as Microsoft Oﬃce suite. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose. URL: www.openoﬃce.org
Why FOSS? FOSS4. The Video Player VLC: I have switched from one media player to another in serach of certain features, I stopped when I found VLC. Plays almost all ﬁle formats, even the broken ﬁles. It repaires them and plays. Has a clean interface, You can add subtitles and change the aspect ratio to ﬁt the screen. At last count, VLC media player had been downloaded 300 million times. Recomended for all the users who love watching movies, its even great for playing songs. URL: www.videolan.org/vlc
Why FOSS? FOSS5. The File Compressor 7-Zip: 7-Zip is an extremely popular ﬁle archiver for Windows. It being, although free, outperforms Winzip. It can unpack the vast majority of archive formats and can create TAR and GZ archives, commonly used on Unix and Linux systems. It has its own 7z format, which easily outshrinks ZIP ﬁles. URL: www.7-zip.org
Why FOSS? FOSS6. The Image Manipulator Gimp: GIMP is acronym for GNU image manipulation program. Can run on Linux, Windows and Mac OS. Industry and Personal image editing software is expensiv, but GIMP is free. It has capability of photo retouching, composition and authoring much like Adobe Photoshop and is available for multiple platforms.. Use it as paint program, expert quality photo retouchingor image converter etc. Gimp does it all, and all for free URL: www.gimp.org
Why FOSS? FOSSOpen Source World. The Open source world has much more to oﬀer, be it web development tools, programming, animation, ERP, Buisness, You name it and we have it. Lets develop, use and share the Free and Open Softwares.
Why FOSS? FOSSMozilla Mozilla is an every-day name for the free and open-source software world. While most people associate the Mozilla brand with Firefox and Thunderbird, There is lots more !!! Mozilla works in the open source world by contributing open source softwares that are freely downloadable on the internet. Softwares like Firefox, Bugzilla, Thunderbird, Fennec and many more are products from Mozilla.
Why FOSS? FOSSMozillia Student Reps Who are Mozillia Student Reps? Students like me and you, who volunteer to spread awareness about open source software and Mozilla. They work on promoting open Web by using the Firefox Browser. Who can be a Mozillia Student Rep? All of You here are welcome to get involved to help make Mozilla even better. I am a Mozilla Student Rep, You also can be one. Just register at the site wiki.mozilla.org/ReMo/Student Reps
Why FOSS? FOSSEnd of presentation Hope this presentation has helped you understand the Open Source Softwares !! Thank You.. !!