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Open Source
Desktop Applications

it360, May 2007
Dru Lavigne
Audience
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Anyone interested in learning more
about Open Source applications
Those looking for strategies for
encou...
Outline
What this talk is not

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Open Source demythified

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Why bother?

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Application Equivalents

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Outline
Finding Quality Software

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Surviving the Transition

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Long term planning

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Additional Resources

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A Quick Note on Format...

The slides are guidelines only

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Let me know if it is time to pass out these:

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A Quick Note on Format...

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Share your experience: successes and
flops
Don't be afraid to:
If your experience was a...
Explain why. Was it:
●

Lack of features?

●

Lack of support?

●

Undocumented?

●

Un-intuit...
If your experience was...
What made it so
great?
●

The price?

●

The features?

●

The ease of use?

●

Something else?
A Quick Note on Format...

●

Please keep in
mind that we only
have three hours
A Quick Note on Format....
●

●

And to respect
others'
experiences.
After all, it is only
software....
What this talk is not
Since I'm not a business analyst...
...there won't be much on ROI or TCO
If you need to bring some b...
What this talk is not

Since I'm not a fanatic...
...there won't be (too) much of a sales pitch
for Open Source applicatio...
What this talk is not

Since I'm not anti-commercial software...
...there won't be any commercial bashing:
After all, it's only software
And you should always choose the best tool
for the job at hand
Open Source demythified

What exactly is Open Source????
Open Source demythified

A definition?
Open Source demythified

A license?
Many licenses?
Open Source demythified

Shareware?
Pirated software?
Open Source demythified

Open Source fictions include...
Open Source demythified
●

Only suited for protocols and programming
languages

●

Geeks only need apply

●

Developers on...
Open Source demythified

●

Everything is command line

●

GUI applications are ugly

●

Applications lack features

●

Th...
Okay if those are all myths, that doesn't
sound too bad...
...but really:
Why bother?
Why bother?

What are the benefits if I do?
Why bother?

What are the drawbacks if I don't?
Application Equivalents

Do they exist?

●

Is foo equal to bar or to FUBAR?

●
Finding Quality Software
There is no lack of choice....
...if anything, there is too much to choose
from
Finding software ...
Finding Quality Software

There is hope...
Repositories of the highest quality
equivalents do exist:
Finding Quality Software

There is hope...
...there are guideposts to assist you:
Information Week: Feb. 5, 2007
How to Tell the Open Source Winners from the Losers
Surviving the Transition

How painful is
it...really?
That depends....
Surviving the Transition
How much are you changing at once?

●
●

What is your timeline?

●
●

Have you done your homework...
Surviving the Transition

But my users (and/or
management) are
allergic to change!
Surviving the Transition

Start with baby steps

●

Know what you are achieving and why

●

●

There are software options ...
Surviving the Transition
What resources
and checklists are
available to gauge
Open Source
readiness?
Long term Planning
Support options:
●

●

●

Community is double-edged sword,
especially for business needs
Many Open Sour...
Long term Planning

Training options:
●

●

Courseware and trainers are available for
most of the better known software
Ma...
Long term Planning
Licensing:

●

Even if you don't plan on modifying
software, understand licensing issues
before you mig...
Additional Resources
Additional Resources
Contact

http://blogs.ittoolbox.com/unix/bsd
dru@isecom.org
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  1. 1. Open Source Desktop Applications it360, May 2007 Dru Lavigne
  2. 2. Audience ● ● ● Anyone interested in learning more about Open Source applications Those looking for strategies for encouraging the use of Open Source within their organization You!
  3. 3. Outline What this talk is not ● Open Source demythified ● Why bother? ● Application Equivalents ●
  4. 4. Outline Finding Quality Software ● Surviving the Transition ● Long term planning ● Additional Resources ●
  5. 5. A Quick Note on Format... The slides are guidelines only ● Let me know if it is time to pass out these: ●
  6. 6. A Quick Note on Format... ● ● Share your experience: successes and flops Don't be afraid to:
  7. 7. If your experience was a... Explain why. Was it: ● Lack of features? ● Lack of support? ● Undocumented? ● Un-intuitive? ● Something else?
  8. 8. If your experience was... What made it so great? ● The price? ● The features? ● The ease of use? ● Something else?
  9. 9. A Quick Note on Format... ● Please keep in mind that we only have three hours
  10. 10. A Quick Note on Format.... ● ● And to respect others' experiences. After all, it is only software....
  11. 11. What this talk is not Since I'm not a business analyst... ...there won't be much on ROI or TCO If you need to bring some back to your employer, show him these:
  12. 12. What this talk is not Since I'm not a fanatic... ...there won't be (too) much of a sales pitch for Open Source applications.
  13. 13. What this talk is not Since I'm not anti-commercial software... ...there won't be any commercial bashing:
  14. 14. After all, it's only software And you should always choose the best tool for the job at hand
  15. 15. Open Source demythified What exactly is Open Source????
  16. 16. Open Source demythified A definition?
  17. 17. Open Source demythified A license? Many licenses?
  18. 18. Open Source demythified Shareware? Pirated software?
  19. 19. Open Source demythified Open Source fictions include...
  20. 20. Open Source demythified ● Only suited for protocols and programming languages ● Geeks only need apply ● Developers only need apply ● Makes for a great server but a lousy desktop
  21. 21. Open Source demythified ● Everything is command line ● GUI applications are ugly ● Applications lack features ● There is no such thing as application support
  22. 22. Okay if those are all myths, that doesn't sound too bad... ...but really:
  23. 23. Why bother?
  24. 24. Why bother? What are the benefits if I do?
  25. 25. Why bother? What are the drawbacks if I don't?
  26. 26. Application Equivalents Do they exist? ● Is foo equal to bar or to FUBAR? ●
  27. 27. Finding Quality Software There is no lack of choice.... ...if anything, there is too much to choose from Finding software can feel like sorting through the good, the bad, and the ugly...
  28. 28. Finding Quality Software There is hope... Repositories of the highest quality equivalents do exist:
  29. 29. Finding Quality Software There is hope... ...there are guideposts to assist you:
  30. 30. Information Week: Feb. 5, 2007 How to Tell the Open Source Winners from the Losers
  31. 31. Surviving the Transition How painful is it...really? That depends....
  32. 32. Surviving the Transition How much are you changing at once? ● ● What is your timeline? ● ● Have you done your homework? ● ● Do you have realistic expectations? ●
  33. 33. Surviving the Transition But my users (and/or management) are allergic to change!
  34. 34. Surviving the Transition Start with baby steps ● Know what you are achieving and why ● ● There are software options for bridging the gap:
  35. 35. Surviving the Transition What resources and checklists are available to gauge Open Source readiness?
  36. 36. Long term Planning Support options: ● ● ● Community is double-edged sword, especially for business needs Many Open Source projects have a commercial support arm Non-project specific commercial support options also exist:
  37. 37. Long term Planning Training options: ● ● Courseware and trainers are available for most of the better known software Many certification programs also exist
  38. 38. Long term Planning Licensing: ● Even if you don't plan on modifying software, understand licensing issues before you migrate
  39. 39. Additional Resources
  40. 40. Additional Resources
  41. 41. Contact http://blogs.ittoolbox.com/unix/bsd dru@isecom.org
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