Merit Event - Open Your Mind To Open Source Software

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Around the world Governments and Companies are evaluating Open Source Software. Is it because the software is FREE to copy, does it have better security, less viruses, or is it all about empowerment and access to code!

What is the attraction of these systems and why does Microsoft consider Open Source a major threat.

This exciting development in IT is rapidly gaining acceptibility throughout the business world as companies are re-evaluating and re-assesing the true value of Software Sourcing.

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  • Merit Event - Open Your Mind To Open Source Software

    1. 1. © Blue Fountain Systems Ltd 2003
    2. 2. A Presentation on Open Source by Aidan McGuire Director [email_address]
    3. 3. Open Source Definition <ul><li>Source Code </li></ul><ul><li>Free Redistribution </li></ul><ul><li>Integrity of The Author's Source Code </li></ul><ul><li>Derived Works (`popclient` by Carl Harris) </li></ul><ul><li>No Discrimination Against Persons or Fields of Endeavour </li></ul>
    4. 4. ..... Distribution of License <ul><li>License Must Not BE Specific to a Product </li></ul><ul><li>License Must Not Restrict Other Software </li></ul><ul><li>License Must be technology-neutral source http://www.opensource.org/docs/definition.php </li></ul>
    5. 5. Open Source History <ul><li>Free Software - Free speech, not free beer </li></ul><ul><li>Stallman / Larry Wall / Torvalds / Tim Berners-Lee & Eric Raymond `Release early. Release often. And listen to your customers` Eric Raymond </li></ul><ul><li>Free Software and Scientific Discoveries “You can and must understand computers now” Ted Nelson </li></ul>
    6. 6. Open Source Benefits <ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Survival of the fittest </li></ul><ul><li>`Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow` Eric Raymond </li></ul><ul><li>Reaches the parts others beers can't reach </li></ul><ul><li>Public Data & The Peruvian Connection </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.aful.org/politique/perou/english/rescon_en.html </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Open Source Myths <ul><li>What are they? </li></ul>
    8. 8. Open Source in Business <ul><li>Reliability </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Control </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable & Multiplatform </li></ul>
    9. 9. Who is Supporting Open Source <ul><ul><ul><li>IBM </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RedHat </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Novel - SuSe </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HP </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sun Microsystems </li></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Server Applications <ul><ul><li>Web Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Apache / Zope </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MySQL / PostgreSQL </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Firewalls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SeaWall </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VPN's </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FreeS/WAN </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mail Servers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Courier </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Openexchange Server </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 12. Server Application Demonstration <ul><li>Plone - Content Management </li></ul>
    12. 13. Client Applications <ul><li>Mail Clients </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ximian Evolution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Browsers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Opera / Mozilla / Netscape </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GNU </li></ul><ul><li>Office Productivity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Office </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Client Application Demonstration <ul><li>GNU Desktop and Open Office </li></ul>
    14. 15. Open Source in Public Sector <ul><ul><li>Canada: Genome Sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Germany: Dept of Interior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USA: NASA / DOD / NSA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Norway: Directorate of Public Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UK: County Council's & Police Force & UK Gov Policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nottingham Council £10 per user per annum </li></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 16. Open Source in Business <ul><li>Unilever </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unilever moving to Linux for Global Operations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IBM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linux Spend US$1,000,000,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Amazon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>`Amazon.com made news recently with its migration to a Linux-based server system, a move the company revealed in an SEC filing in October. According to the filing, Amazon saved $17 million, cutting costs from $71 million to $54 million` </li></ul></ul>
    16. 17. Open Source and Open Standards <ul><li>Games </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Operating System </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Middleware </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Applications </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Where next? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    17. 18. Questions
    18. 19. Thank You

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