Open Source
An overview of Open Source
Presented by Andy Akhtar
Scottish Centre For Enabling Technologies
1
Tuesday, 2 Nov...
What is Open Source Software?
✤ Free access to source code.
✤ Right to redistribute code.
✤ Rights to modify code and
redi...
3
Web hosting chooses
Windows Linux
License Type Proprietary Open Source
Web Server IIS Apache
Database SQL Server MySQL
S...
Types of License
✤ GPL - GNU General Public License (GPL 2.0 /GPL 3.0)
✤ Apache License, Version 2
✤ BSD - Template Licens...
What’s available
5
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Open Source Application
✤ Office tools - Word processor, Spreadsheet, Accounting
✤ Databases
✤ Web tool - CMS, Web server, ...
Proprietary Software
✤ Microsoft Windows
✤ Oracle Database
✤ Sage Accounts
✤ Adobe Flash
✤ Apple Mac OS
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Tuesday, 2 Novem...
Proprietary Software
✤ Source code closed.
✤ Source code access often available to partners only.
✤ Not always charged for...
Benefits of Open Source
✤ Initial Cost - Generally free
✤ Set up time - Download and start using
✤ Available support - Man...
Drawback of Open Source
✤ Often written by programmers for programmers
✤ Set up can often be difficult requiring other file
...
Total Cost of Ownership
✤ Zero purchase price.
✤ Free to copy, no need to buy extra licenses.
✤ No vendor lock in - Open s...
Support andTraining
✤ Online support - Forums, Guides, email and video.
✤ Seminars
✤ Paid for support - Training courses, ...
Scenario
✤ A small theatre company.
✤ Produce some of their own marketing material.
✤ Want to take bookings and payment fo...
Scenario
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Linux Apache Web Server MySQL DB Server Language
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
What’s best for me?
✤ Depends on your type of business.
✤ What do you intend to use the software for?
✤ How important is d...
How do I proceed?
✤ Decide what you want the software to do.
✤ Identify potential software, both open source and proprieta...
Thank you
17
✤ Further Information and links visit:
www.ictthatworks.org/drupal/opensource
✤ email: andrewa@ictthatworks.o...
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Presented by Andy Akhtar of Scottish Centre for Enabling Technolgies: http://www.ictthatworks.org for AmbITion Scotland Partner and Associate organisation networking event 02/11/10.

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  1. 1. Open Source An overview of Open Source Presented by Andy Akhtar Scottish Centre For Enabling Technologies 1 Tuesday, 2 November 2010
  2. 2. What is Open Source Software? ✤ Free access to source code. ✤ Right to redistribute code. ✤ Rights to modify code and redistribute the modified code. ✤ Not necessarily free to use. 2 Tuesday, 2 November 2010
  3. 3. 3 Web hosting chooses Windows Linux License Type Proprietary Open Source Web Server IIS Apache Database SQL Server MySQL Scripting ASP.NET PHP Tuesday, 2 November 2010
  4. 4. Types of License ✤ GPL - GNU General Public License (GPL 2.0 /GPL 3.0) ✤ Apache License, Version 2 ✤ BSD - Template License ✤ Mozilla Public License (MPL) ✤ Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL) 4 Tuesday, 2 November 2010
  5. 5. What’s available 5 Tuesday, 2 November 2010
  6. 6. Open Source Application ✤ Office tools - Word processor, Spreadsheet, Accounting ✤ Databases ✤ Web tool - CMS, Web server, Browsers, Shopping cart ✤ Productivity software - CRM ✤ Development Tools - IDE ✤ LAMP 6 Tuesday, 2 November 2010
  7. 7. Proprietary Software ✤ Microsoft Windows ✤ Oracle Database ✤ Sage Accounts ✤ Adobe Flash ✤ Apple Mac OS 7 Tuesday, 2 November 2010
  8. 8. Proprietary Software ✤ Source code closed. ✤ Source code access often available to partners only. ✤ Not always charged for. Can still be free. ✤ Distribution limited. ✤ End user agreement. 8 Tuesday, 2 November 2010
  9. 9. Benefits of Open Source ✤ Initial Cost - Generally free ✤ Set up time - Download and start using ✤ Available support - Many sources ✤ Security and bug fixing - Fast turn around 9 Tuesday, 2 November 2010
  10. 10. Drawback of Open Source ✤ Often written by programmers for programmers ✤ Set up can often be difficult requiring other file ✤ If the community is small, documentation and support may be limited ✤ If the community is small, security and bug fixes may be insufficient due to limited peer review. 10 Tuesday, 2 November 2010
  11. 11. Total Cost of Ownership ✤ Zero purchase price. ✤ Free to copy, no need to buy extra licenses. ✤ No vendor lock in - Open standards and file formats used. ✤ IT strategy not strongly linked to software supplier. ✤ Runs on older equipment, extending it useful life. 11 Tuesday, 2 November 2010
  12. 12. Support andTraining ✤ Online support - Forums, Guides, email and video. ✤ Seminars ✤ Paid for support - Training courses, phone ✤ Consultants. 12 Tuesday, 2 November 2010
  13. 13. Scenario ✤ A small theatre company. ✤ Produce some of their own marketing material. ✤ Want to take bookings and payment for tickets and merchandise online. ✤ They want to be able to update their site themselves. ✤ Want to post news and events on web site. ✤ Would like a forum for regular patrons to discuss shows and events. ✤ Would like a gallery to display photographs and video of performances. ✤ Sign up members (Friends of the Theatre). ✤ Would like a central way of storing details about events, meetings, campaigns and contacts: artist, staff and members. ✤ They have many visitor whose first language is not English. They would like some parts of the web site to be available in several languages. 13 Tuesday, 2 November 2010
  14. 14. Scenario 14 Linux Apache Web Server MySQL DB Server Language Tuesday, 2 November 2010
  15. 15. What’s best for me? ✤ Depends on your type of business. ✤ What do you intend to use the software for? ✤ How important is direct support to you? ✤ Have you got the skills required to use the software? ✤ Is integration and compatibility with other software required? ✤ Is price a major factor? ✤ Does it fit with your IT strategy? 15 Tuesday, 2 November 2010
  16. 16. How do I proceed? ✤ Decide what you want the software to do. ✤ Identify potential software, both open source and proprietary. ✤ Compare the features. Do you need the extra features? ✤ What hardware do you need? ✤ Try out the demos available or download and install on Laptop. ✤ Ask for a second opinion. ✤ Try before you buy!! 16 Tuesday, 2 November 2010
  17. 17. Thank you 17 ✤ Further Information and links visit: www.ictthatworks.org/drupal/opensource ✤ email: andrewa@ictthatworks.org Tuesday, 2 November 2010
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