Free and Open Source Software       Presented by Vidyaratha Kissoon        Guyana Technology User Group               9 Fe...
What we will talk about..    What is FOSS/FLOSS?    Types of FOSS    Why bother with FOSS in Guyana?    Making money w...
When last have you stolensomething or acquired stolen        property?
Definition of FOSS    Free Software Movement     −   The freedom to run a program, for any purpose;     −   The freedom t...
Definition of FOSS..    Free redistribution                                                                      Distrib...
Types of FOSS   Operating Systems - Linux, FreeBSD   Databases - MySql, PostgreSQL   Webservers - Apache, Roxen, Savant...
Why bother with FOSS?    Security    Reliability/Stability    Open standards and vendor independence    Reduced relian...
Why bother with FOSS..    Challenges..    −   lack of business applications    −   interoperability with proprietary syst...
Making money with FOSS   Develop solutions        −   Applications, Customisations,   Develop a service        −   techn...
What is Linux    Linux the kernel     −   Linux was originally the name of the kernel         created by Linus Torvalds a...
Linux is used..    Simputer, OLPC    Supercomputers    Mobile devices    By US Navy, Chinese Government    Schools in...
Learning to use Linux    Try an installation    Learn the command line    Do a project – create FOSS/Linux based    sol...
Thanks for listening... vidyak1@gmail.com
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This presentation was made at the Guyana Technology User Group meet up on Saturday 9 February, 2013.
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Free and Open Source Software

  1. 1. Free and Open Source Software Presented by Vidyaratha Kissoon Guyana Technology User Group 9 February 2013
  2. 2. What we will talk about.. What is FOSS/FLOSS? Types of FOSS Why bother with FOSS in Guyana? Making money with FOSS Linux and us
  3. 3. When last have you stolensomething or acquired stolen property?
  4. 4. Definition of FOSS Free Software Movement − The freedom to run a program, for any purpose; − The freedom to study how a program works and adapt it to a person’s needs. Access to the source code is a precondition for this; − The freedom to redistribute copies so that you can help your neighbour; and − The freedom to improve a program and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits. Access to the source code is a precondition for this − libre vs gratuit Richard Stallman is the founder
  5. 5. Definition of FOSS.. Free redistribution  Distribution of license Source code  License must be technology-neutral Derived works  License must not be Integrity of authors code specific to a product No discrimination against  License must not restrict users other software No discrimination against  Managed by Open Source fields of endeavour Initiative, focused on technical issues
  6. 6. Types of FOSS Operating Systems - Linux, FreeBSD Databases - MySql, PostgreSQL Webservers - Apache, Roxen, Savant CMS – Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla Elearning – Moodle, Claronline Internet Apps – Pidgin, Firefox, Opera, Ekiga Multimedia – Mplayer, totem, xine, gtkpod, VLC Graphics – GIMP, Inkscape, Productivity – OpenOffice, Koffice, Abiword GIS – Quantum, GRASS, and many others
  7. 7. Why bother with FOSS? Security Reliability/Stability Open standards and vendor independence Reduced reliance on imports Developing local software capacity Piracy, IPR, and WTO Localization
  8. 8. Why bother with FOSS.. Challenges.. − lack of business applications − interoperability with proprietary systems − limited documentation and polish − Limited Marketing − ......
  9. 9. Making money with FOSS Develop solutions − Applications, Customisations, Develop a service − technical support  demand for Linux system Administration  Money on services, not on licences Innovation – creating solutions − Applications eg GIS
  10. 10. What is Linux Linux the kernel − Linux was originally the name of the kernel created by Linus Torvalds and is currently maintained by a team of developers Linux – the distributions − the kernel, plus the system libraries, GUI, various databases, web servers, email utilities, desktop software and others. − Debian, Mint, Mandriva, Ubuntu, CentOS, Red Hat, SUSE, − Not all applications are “FOSS” (eg skype )
  11. 11. Linux is used.. Simputer, OLPC Supercomputers Mobile devices By US Navy, Chinese Government Schools in Kerala
  12. 12. Learning to use Linux Try an installation Learn the command line Do a project – create FOSS/Linux based solutions and cost them − Web server − Desktop − Linux Terminal Server Project pilot Certification?
  13. 13. Thanks for listening... vidyak1@gmail.com

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