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  • Henry Briggs
    Open Source Software:
    Presentation to the Board of Education
    Diffusion and Integration of Technology in Education
    EDUC-7101-1/EDUC-8841-1
    Dr. David Thornburg
    Walden University
    07/08/09
  • Abstract:
    The utilization of the computer and web technology has given rise to many innovations in the world community including education. Open source software is one of these innovations. The business community have used the advantages of open source software to benefit their institutions. The educational communities are beginning to see the benefits of adopting open source software.
  • Open Source Software
    Thornburg Center
    25 years of pragmatic visionaries
    An innovation for teaching and learning with the use of technology- One of the organizations that offer Open Source Software.
  • Connecting the World with Open Source Code:
    Code open to modify and adopt the software are available to all users. This is one of the concerns of propriety software developers. Propriety software developers are able to charge for any changes or modifications and distribution of the software.
    Open source code is free to be modified and distribute with others.
  • “We must begin making a conscious effort to promote a culture of openness in all aspects of academic life — in our teaching” and research. The innovation in teaching, the process and “results of our research, and in the software and other tools we use to perform our work” (Wiley, 2003). David Wiley a Professor at Bridgham Young University
  • Richard Stallman:
    A man with an open vision.
    Envisioned free software used by all in whatever way they chose as long as they will share the software free to all.
    Richard Stallman had the idea of open source software with the source code free for use to all;
  • Quote Accompanying Richard Stallman's software
    “Share this code with your fellow users. Learn from it. Improve upon it. And when you're done, please give something back to the community” (Kidd, 2000).
  • Linus TorvaldsAuthor of the Linux Kernel Operating System
    Linus Torvalds wrote an operating system with free source code that used the license of GNU written by Stallman,s foundation and used open source software.
  • Who, What?
    The business community adopted open source because of the monetary savings.
    The education community was also an early adopter of open source because of the savings and many applications that can be applied to other school departments.
    The strategies that will be the most persuasive would be to
    point out the savings and the compatibility of the open source products that can be used for instructional strategies
    Instructors will be able to expose the students to a plethora of software applications free or minimal charge. The laggards would be the traditionalist groups who are
    inherently are afraid of change.
  • Attributes: Which combination of perceived attributes would be best for helping your innovation meet critical mass in your industry?
    Unrestricted distribution
    Source code distribution
    Modifications
    Author's source code integrity.
    No personal discrimination
    No restriction on application License distribution
    License must not be product-specific
    No restriction on other software - Technology neutrality
    (Open Source Software in Education 2008)
  • Stage 1: Need
    Tools used by individuals with minimum or no cost.
    Beneficial to individuals and nations with financial difficulties.
  • Open Source Software:
    Adapted and used by older hardware
  • A variety of software is available for many uses and users.
    Software development
  • Free open source code: The keys [code] are free to all
    The source code can be used by anyone wanting to change or adopt the application for their personal use. Can be distributed to others free of charge.
  • Stage 2: Research
    With the collaboration of programmers from around the world and the use of these applications by the programmers that wrote them the software is safer than proprietary software which cost.
  • Collaboration
    With the shift toward distance education in the educational community the free software that is offered through various organizations such as the Thornburg Center; give many of those that have financial difficulties the opportunity to obtain higher education.
  • Free open source collaborative tools
    1. Access Grid; audio and video collaboration
    2. Citadel; collaboration suite
    3. OpenGroupware.org; software server for multiple
    clients
    4. Spicebird; personal information manager
    5. Audacity; audio recorder and editor
    6. Synfig; animation builder
    7. Cmap; concept mapping tool
    8.-A Plethora of other free open source applications that are used for collaboration.
  • Open Source Software is used by the many of the educational community from primary to post-secondary educational users.
    The web is ubiquitous and open source software will keep you in the network with transparency and openness.
    Educational institutes will be able to devote monetary resources saved with the use of free open source software to other projects.
  • Stage 3: Development
  • History of open source software
    1960's Bundled software with IBM
    1970's Software became closed
    1976 The original EMACS was a set of Editor MACroS for the TECO editor written by Richard Stallman
    1980’s Stallman founded the GNU project to write a complete open source operating system.
    1984 X originated at MIT. The X Org foundation leads.
    1987 Perl, the dynamic programming language was created and released by Larry Wall
    1980's – 1990's early development continues
    1990's late Acceptance of open source products
    1991-1992 final version Linux kernel; creation GNU/Linux
    1997 GNOME project leaders Miguel de lcaza and Federico Mena
    1998 Liberation of Netscape; Mozilla web browser officially launched
    1998 term “open source software” replaces “open software”.
  • History of open source software continued
    1998 Stallman created the GNU Public License- Software under this license the software is free to be modified and distributed but must remain under the original license.
    1999 OpenOffice.org released free of charge by Sun Microsystems
    2001 there were 18 million registered Linux users
    2002 MediaWiki introduced
    2004 Mozilla Foxfire released – used by many institutions of higher learning
    2005 there were 29 million registered Linux users
  • Development
    -One of the diffusion studies positioned the thoughts on the paper titled “Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS, FLOSS, or FOSS)? Look at the Numbers!” By David A. Wheeler and uses quantitative data to give reasons why institutions and individuals may consider using Open Source Software.
    Wheeler found open source software to be the most reliable software and in many cases has the best performance.
  • Technological improvements
    Open Source Software has addressed many of the technological difficulties of online learning. In this age of communication, the Open Source Software has enabled the world to connect and collaborate, through the circulation of the software.
  • Open source software is comparable with most computer hardware and other applications. We will be able to collaborate with many other school systems who can use many other systems which still make it all possible with open source. The school systems that do not use any we can shown them this no cost/low cost option.
  • Stage 4: commercialization
  • Commercialization
    -The commercialism and marketing of the Open Source Software is simple because there is minimal, if any charge for the various software
    downloads, modification or use.
    -In the educational community through sharing information and various educational tools the increase of the software use
    has become more wide spread.
  • Open source software is used by the business community and has been vetted by this group making it something our school system should definitely consider.
  • S Curve of Linux Kernel – free open source operating systems
    1st User Linus Torvalds in 1991 Linux, 2001 18-million early adopter users, 2005 29-million early majority users
  • Benefits
    public collaboration behind each project.
    “created by tens of thousands of programmers all collaborating to create, and improve upon, a flawless website framework” (Dynamic Website Development and Design 2009).
    others can modify the Open Source Software to suit their individual person or group or school needs
  • Benefits Continued -2-
    -free open source code
    -detect and change or delete the attacker program, where as propriety software has hidden codes and spy-ware maybe hidden in the code without the knowledge of users and may require a fee by the proprietary vendor to rid the system of the spy-ware (The Linux Information Project 2004).
  • Benefits Continued -3-
    -can be used on older hardware and thereby this is beneficial to all and especially to lower income individuals and others in third world countries who get donations of older computers who can take advantage of these open source software resources
    -savings monetarily lets one invest in other educational endeavors
    -allow teachers to expose students to a wide range of software products
    -addresses security issues because its source code is open and available to the users and if any “back-doors” or spy-ware is written into the program the users will be able to detect and correct the problem,
  • Open Source Software [OSS]
    Common and/or Successful OSS products:
    Mozilla Foxfire, internet browser
    Apache HTTP Server
    Internet Protocol [IP], and internet address system
    GNU/Linux operating system, Unix-like operating system
  • Open Source can be currently utilized bymany learners around the world.Its use is expected to continue to expand.
    Huli Wigmen of Papua, New Guinea, using laptop computers.
  • There are many organizations in the business and educational communities that have adopted Open Source Software into their organizations and computing systems. The monetary savings and the collaborative nature of open source are appropriate for these current tough financial times and the growing use of the internet to produce, manage, and share knowledge across natural barriers and time constraints and a wide variety of communities. The openness and transparency of open source has made the move toward open source appealing. Open source is easy to access with many organizations such as the Thornburg Center making open source software available to all. While the use of open source software is available to all; individuals and organization must apply with the license that accompany the software. My recommendation is that our school system join the use of Open Source for academic and financial reasons.
  • Of course, I want to acknowledge my references and thanks to all the new knowledge I have learned and have given to you.
  • Transcript

    • 1. Henry Briggs Open Source Software: Presentation to The Board of Education Diffusion and Integration of Technology in Education EDUC-7101-1/EDUC-8841-1 Dr. David Thornburg Walden University 08/16/09, Version 10.0
    • 2. Abstract The utilization of the computer and web technology has given rise to many innovations in the world community including education. Open source software is one of these innovations. The business community have used the advantages of open source software to benefit their institutions. The educational communities are beginning to see the benefits of adopting open source software.
    • 3. Open Source Software
    • 4. Connecting the World with Open Source Code In open source software the codes to modify and adapt the software are available to all users. This is one of the concerns of propriety software developers. Propriety software developers are able to charge for any changes or modifications and distribution of the software. Open source code is free to be modified and distribute with others.
    • 5. Introduction “We must begin making a conscious effort to promote a culture of openness in all aspects of academic life — in our teaching” and research. The innovation in teaching, the process and “results of our research, and in the software and other tools we use to perform our work” (Wiley, 2006).
    • 6. Richard Stallman: A Man With An Open Vision
    • 7. Quote Accompanying Richard Stallman's Software “Share this code with your fellow users. Learn from it. Improve upon it. And when you're done, please give something back to the community” (Kidd, 2000).
    • 8. Linus Torvalds Author of the Linux Kernel Operating System
    • 9. Who, What? The business community adopted open source because of the monetary savings. The education community is beginning to adopt open source because of the savings that can be applied to other school departments. Open source software continues to diffuse into educational communities. The strategies that will be the most persuasive would be to point out the savings and the compatibility of the open source products that can be used for instructional strategies Teachers will have the ability to expose the students to different software applications free or at minimal charge. The laggards would be the traditionalist groups who are inherently afraid of change.
    • 10. Attributes: Which combination of perceived attributes would be best for helping your innovation meet critical mass in your industry?  Unrestricted distribution  Source code distribution  Modifications  Author's source code integrity.  No personal discrimination  No restriction on application License distribution  License must not be product-specific  No restriction on other software - Technology neutrality (Open Source Software in Education 2008)
    • 11. Stage 1: NEED
    • 12. Open Source Software: Adapted and Used by Older Hardware
    • 13. A Variety of Software is Available for Many Uses and Users.
    • 14. Free Open Source Code: The Keys Are Free To All
    • 15. Stage 2: RESEARCH
    • 16. Collaboration
    • 17. Free Open Source Collaborative Tools 1. Access Grid; audio and video collaboration 2. Citadel; collaboration suite 3. OpenGroupware.org; software server for multiple clients 4. Openoffice.org: Compatible with Microsoft Office. 5. Spicebird; personal information manager 6. Audacity; audio recorder and editor 7. Synfig; animation builder 8. Cmap; concept mapping tool 9. Moodle; open source management system 10. A Plethora of other free open source applications that are used for teaching and learning
    • 18. Open Source Software is used throughout society; whether indoors or outdoors, mobile or home.
    • 19. Stage 3: DEVELOPMENT
    • 20. History of Open Source Software  1960's Bundled software with IBM  1970's Software became closed  1976 The original EMACS was a set of Editor MACroS for the TECO editor written by Richard Stallman  1980’s Stallman founded the GNU project to write a complete open source operating system.  1984 X originated at MIT. The X Org foundation leads.  1987 Perl, the dynamic programming language was created and released by Larry Wall  1980's – 1990's early development continues  1990's late Acceptance of open source products  1991-1992 final version Linux kernel; creation GNU/Linux  1997 GNOME project leaders Miguel de lcaza and Federico Mena  1998 Liberation of Netscape; Mozilla web browser officially launched  1998 term “open source software” replaces “open software”.
    • 21. History of Open Source Software Continued  1998 Stallman created the GNU Public License- Software under this license the software is free to be modified and distributed but must remain under the original license.  1999 OpenOffice.org released free of charge by Sun Microsystems  2001 there were 18 million registered Linux users  2002 MediaWiki introduced  2004 Mozilla Foxfire released – used by many institutions of higher learning  2005 there were 29 million registered Linux users
    • 22. Development One of the diffusion studies positioned the thoughts on the paper titled “Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS, FLOSS, or FOSS)? Look at the Numbers!” By David A. Wheeler and uses quantitative data to give reasons why institutions and individuals may consider using Open Source Software.
    • 23. Technological Improvements Open Source Software has addressed many of the technological difficulties of online learning. In this age of communication, the Open Source Software has enabled the world to connect and collaborate, through the circulation of the software.
    • 24. Open Source Software is compatible with most computer hardware and other applications
    • 25. Stage 4: COMMERCIALITION
    • 26. Commercialism -The commercialism and marketing of the Open Source Software is simple because there is minimal, if any charge for the various software downloads, modification or use. -In the educational community through sharing information and various educational tools the increase of the software use has become more wide spread.
    • 27. Open Source Software is also used by the business community:
    • 28. S-Curve of Linux Kernel - Free Open Source Operating System 29 million 1991 2001 early 2005 early Linux adopters majority 18 million 1st. User Linus Torvalds Continues to diffuse in society
    • 29. Benefits: public collaboration behind each project. “created by tens of thousands of programmers all collaborating to create, and improve upon, a flawless website framework” (Dynamic Website Development and Design 2009). others can modify the Open Source Software to suit their individual person or group or school needs 
    • 30. Benefits Continued - 2: -free open source code -detect and change or delete the attacker program, where as propriety software has hidden codes and spy-ware maybe hidden in the code without the knowledge of users and may require a fee by the proprietary vendor to rid the system of the spy- ware (The Linux Information Project 2004).
    • 31. Benefits Continued - 3: -can be used on older hardware and thereby this is beneficial to all and especially to lower income individuals and others in third world countries who get donations of older computers who can take advantage of these open source software resources -savings monetarily lets one invest in other educational endeavors -allow teachers to expose students to a wide range of software products -addresses security issues because its source code is open and available to the users and if any “back-doors” or spy-ware is written into the program the users will be able to detect and correct the problem.
    • 32. Open Source Software (OSS) Common and/or Successful OSS products:  Mozilla Foxfire, internet browser  Apache HTTP Server  Internet Protocol [IP], and internet address system  GNU/Linux operating system, Unix-like operating system
    • 33. Open Source can be currently utilized by many learners around the world. Its use is expected to continue to expand. Huli Wigmen of Papua, New Guinea using laptop computers.
    • 34. Conclusion There are many organizations in the business and educational communities that have adopted Open Source Software into their organizations and computing systems. The monetary savings and the collaborative nature of open source are appropriate for these current tough financial times and the growing use of the internet to produce, manage, and share knowledge across natural barriers and time constraints and a wide variety of communities. The openness and transparency of open source has made the move toward open source appealing. Open source is easy to access with many organizations such as the Thornburg Center making open source software available to all. While the use of open source software is available to all; individuals and organization must apply with the license that accompany the software. My recommendation is that our school system join the use of Open Source for academic and financial reasons.
    • 35. References Celebrating 10 Years of Mozilla http://www-archive.mozilla.org/mozilla-ten-year.html Clipart retrieved from: http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSE Clipart, retrieved from, www.tcpd.org on 7/1/09, Thornburg Center for Professional Development; Open Source software; , retrieved from; http:// www.tcpdpodcast.org/oss.html#Linux. On 6/03/09 and 6/14/2009. Kidd, E. (2000). A History of Open Source; Userland Software Inc., retrieved from: http://static.userland.com/userLandDiscussArchive/msg019844.html. on 7/29/09. Lakhan, S. E., Jhunihuwala, K. (2008). Open Source Software in Education, EDUCAUSE QUARTERLY. Vol. 31, no.2 Open Source Software http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_open_source_software QuarterlyMagazineVolum/OpenSourceSoftwareinEducation/162873 on 6/25/09. Rogers, E. M. (2003). Diffusion of Innovations; Simon & Schuster, Inc., Free Press; New York, NY. The Linux Information Project (2006). Source Code Definition, retrieved from: http://www.linfo.org/source_code.html on 6/11/09. Vandana Singh, Michael B. Twidale, David M. Nichols, "Users of Open Source Software - How Do They Get Help?," hicss, pp.1-10, 42nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2009 Wheeler, D. A. “Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS, FLOSS, or FOSS)? Look at the Numbers! http://irm.stackworks.net/ Wiley, D. (2006). Open Source, Openness, and Higher Education. Innovate Journal of Online Education, 3(1).