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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.


  • 1. Open Source & Free Software Solutions How free is free? Presented by Deb Forsten
  • 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.  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.  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.  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.  Google it   
  • 7.  Office Applications (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, database, image editors)  Text Editors  Image Editors - galleries  Web Content managers  Audio/Video editors/converters
  • 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.  Once you find one – Google it for title and spyware  Case Study – Logmein – remote desktop access  Try before you buy!
  • 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. Price: free Price:$499 Price: free Price: free
  • 12. Price: free Price:$499 Price: free or $25/month depending on the features Price: $99/month
  • 13. Price: free Price:$699-999 Price: free Price:$399 Or Price:$149
  • 14.  Free online publishing tool:  Or maybe print on demand:
  • 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. Contact me at 561-207-5708