Foss Software and Portals

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A presentation delivered to I/T staff at the Centre for Addition and Mental Health on the opportunities and challenges of free and open source software, February 2006.

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Foss Software and Portals

  1. 1. Exploring Free Software By Phillip Smith, Community Bandwidth http://communitybandwidth.ca
  2. 2. What is free and open-source software?
  3. 3. Free software is over 20 years old
  4. 4. Free software is a global movement
  5. 5. Free software is about Liberty, not price
  6. 6. What do we often believe about not-free software?
  7. 7. Someone to hold accountable
  8. 8. It’s less expensive to maintain
  9. 9. That there is faster or better support
  10. 10. So, what’s really important here?
  11. 11. Licensing
  12. 12. Support options
  13. 13. The roadmap, the community
  14. 14. Benefits and risks of F/OSS
  15. 15. Raw material and a sandbox
  16. 16. Extensible, flexible, exponential
  17. 17. Key risks: vendors, momentum, and lock-in
  18. 18. Evaluating options for your project
  19. 19. Standards, standards, standards!
  20. 20. Release early, release often
  21. 21. Installed, hosted, or managed?
  22. 22. Portal technologies
  23. 23. Community plumbing
  24. 24. Document & Content management
  25. 25. Personalization (… or all three!)
  26. 26. What options are available today?
  27. 27. Drupal, Plone, etc.
  28. 28. Bricolage
  29. 29. Exo, Magnolia, Liferay, etc.
  30. 30. A few examples in action
  31. 31. Omidyar Network (Zope/Plone)
  32. 32. Netsquared (Drupal)
  33. 33. IDRC’s Global Telecentre initiative (Drupal)
  34. 34. World Health Organizations (Bricolage)
  35. 35. Goodwill Industries International (Liferay)
  36. 36. Open-source discussion board solutions
  37. 37. Dgroups (Drupal)
  38. 38. phpBB, YABB, Simple Machines, etc.
  39. 39. Groupserver
  40. 40. Exploring Free Software By Phillip Smith, Community Bandwidth http://communitybandwidth.ca

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