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
Gain a new perspective on some software
The Free Software Foundation refers to open
source “free” software in terms of freedom not
◦ 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.
Concept started in the early 1900 with the
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 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.)
◦ advantages: free, enormous
improving the product
◦ 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.
Price: free or $25/month
depending on the features
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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 to use
software for? Then it!
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