Open Source & Free Software Solutions
How free is free?
Presented by Deb Forsten
 Take a look at Open Source and Free
Software solutions and compare the prices
 Tips for finding good free alternatives
...
 The Free Software Foundation refers to open
source “free” software in terms of freedom not
necessarily price
◦ An open s...
 Concept started in the early 1900 with the
automobile industry
 Gasoline patent holders tried to control
automobile mak...
 Open Source
◦ advantages: free, enormous
community of
users/developers, always
improving the product
 Commercial/Propri...
 Google it
 Sourceforge.net
 Osalt.com
 php.opensourcecms.com/
 Office Applications (word processing,
spreadsheets, presentations, database,
image editors)
 Text Editors
 Image Edito...
 Not all free software is open source
 Beware of free applications
 Definitely beware of added value packages that
you ...
 Once you find one
– Google it for title
and spyware
 Case Study –
Logmein – remote
desktop access
 Try before you buy!
Free version verses
$69.95/annual Pro
Version:
Basic difference is
•file sharing
•screen sharing
•Drag-n-drop file
transfe...
Price: free
Price:$499
Price: free
Price: free
Price: free
Price:$499
Price: free or $25/month
depending on the features
Price: $99/month
Price: free
Price:$699-999
Price: free
Price:$399
Or
www.pixlr.com.editor
Price:$149
 Free online publishing tool: Issuu.com
 Or maybe print on demand: blurb.com
 There are hundreds + software solutions in the
world of free and open source
 It really boils down to what do you need ...
Contact me at
forstend@palmbeachstate.edu
561-207-5708
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  • Open source describes practices in production and development that promote access to the end product's source materials. Some consider open source a philosophy, others consider it a pragmatic methodology. Before the term open source became widely adopted, developers and producers used a variety of phrases to describe the concept; open source gained hold with the rise of the Internet, and the attendant need for massive retooling of the computing source code. Opening the source code enabled a self-enhancing diversity of production models, communication paths, and interactive communities.
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    1. 1. Open Source & Free Software Solutions How free is free? Presented by Deb Forsten
    2. 2.  Take a look at Open Source and Free Software solutions and compare the prices  Tips for finding good free alternatives  Gain a new perspective on some software alternatives
    3. 3.  The Free Software Foundation refers to open source “free” software in terms of freedom not necessarily price ◦ An open source product should meet around 10 criteria to be considered “Open Source”  So open source actually refers to the free access to the source code of a project/application  Note: all open source software is not free and likewise all free software is not open source.
    4. 4.  Concept started in the early 1900 with the automobile industry  Gasoline patent holders tried to control automobile makers development – Henry Ford challenged and won – open standards were used up through WWII  Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) – used a similar procedure to share IBM’s operating system in the 50’s & 60’s in computers  In 1983-85 – Richard Stallman(MIT) founded the Free Software foundation to support the GNU Project and the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL or simply GPL)  Open Source terminology and Open Source Initiative (OSI) evolved in 1998 (supported by Netscape.)
    5. 5.  Open Source ◦ advantages: free, enormous community of users/developers, always improving the product  Commercial/Proprietary Coding ◦ advantages: more security, more control, costs more,  Why would some one give away the code?  Is it a sub-standard product?  Your decisions should be based on what you need software to do for you.
    6. 6.  Google it  Sourceforge.net  Osalt.com  php.opensourcecms.com/
    7. 7.  Office Applications (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, database, image editors)  Text Editors  Image Editors - galleries  Web Content managers  Audio/Video editors/converters
    8. 8.  Not all free software is open source  Beware of free applications  Definitely beware of added value packages that you “Check” at the completion of installation  “mywebsearchtoolbar”
    9. 9.  Once you find one – Google it for title and spyware  Case Study – Logmein – remote desktop access  Try before you buy!
    10. 10. Free version verses $69.95/annual Pro Version: Basic difference is •file sharing •screen sharing •Drag-n-drop file transfer Answer the question: what do you need this application to do?
    11. 11. Price: free Price:$499 Price: free Price: free
    12. 12. Price: free Price:$499 Price: free or $25/month depending on the features Price: $99/month
    13. 13. Price: free Price:$699-999 Price: free Price:$399 Or www.pixlr.com.editor Price:$149
    14. 14.  Free online publishing tool: Issuu.com  Or maybe print on demand: blurb.com
    15. 15.  There are hundreds + software solutions in the world of free and open source  It really boils down to what do you need to use software for? Then it!  In these economic times, don’t be afraid to shop for solutions.
    16. 16. Contact me at forstend@palmbeachstate.edu 561-207-5708
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