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  • 1. Open Source Desktop Applications it360, May 2007 Dru Lavigne
  • 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. Outline What this talk is not ● Open Source demythified ● Why bother? ● Application Equivalents ●
  • 4. Outline Finding Quality Software ● Surviving the Transition ● Long term planning ● Additional Resources ●
  • 5. A Quick Note on Format... The slides are guidelines only ● Let me know if it is time to pass out these: ●
  • 6. A Quick Note on Format... ● ● Share your experience: successes and flops Don't be afraid to:
  • 7. If your experience was a... Explain why. Was it: ● Lack of features? ● Lack of support? ● Undocumented? ● Un-intuitive? ● Something else?
  • 8. If your experience was... What made it so great? ● The price? ● The features? ● The ease of use? ● Something else?
  • 9. A Quick Note on Format... ● Please keep in mind that we only have three hours
  • 10. A Quick Note on Format.... ● ● And to respect others' experiences. After all, it is only software....
  • 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. 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. What this talk is not Since I'm not anti-commercial software... ...there won't be any commercial bashing:
  • 14. After all, it's only software And you should always choose the best tool for the job at hand
  • 15. Open Source demythified What exactly is Open Source????
  • 16. Open Source demythified A definition?
  • 17. Open Source demythified A license? Many licenses?
  • 18. Open Source demythified Shareware? Pirated software?
  • 19. Open Source demythified Open Source fictions include...
  • 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. Open Source demythified ● Everything is command line ● GUI applications are ugly ● Applications lack features ● There is no such thing as application support
  • 22. Okay if those are all myths, that doesn't sound too bad... ...but really:
  • 23. Why bother?
  • 24. Why bother? What are the benefits if I do?
  • 25. Why bother? What are the drawbacks if I don't?
  • 26. Application Equivalents Do they exist? ● Is foo equal to bar or to FUBAR? ●
  • 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. Finding Quality Software There is hope... Repositories of the highest quality equivalents do exist:
  • 29. Finding Quality Software There is hope... ...there are guideposts to assist you:
  • 30. Information Week: Feb. 5, 2007 How to Tell the Open Source Winners from the Losers
  • 31. Surviving the Transition How painful is it...really? That depends....
  • 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. Surviving the Transition But my users (and/or management) are allergic to change!
  • 34. Surviving the Transition Start with baby steps ● Know what you are achieving and why ● ● There are software options for bridging the gap:
  • 35. Surviving the Transition What resources and checklists are available to gauge Open Source readiness?
  • 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. Long term Planning Training options: ● ● Courseware and trainers are available for most of the better known software Many certification programs also exist
  • 38. Long term Planning Licensing: ● Even if you don't plan on modifying software, understand licensing issues before you migrate
  • 39. Additional Resources
  • 40. Additional Resources
  • 41. Contact