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Free and Open Source Software

Free and Open Source Software



This presentation was made at the Guyana Technology User Group meet up on Saturday 9 February, 2013.

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 Free and Open Source Software Presentation Transcript

    • Free and Open Source Software Presented by Vidyaratha Kissoon Guyana Technology User Group 9 February 2013
    • 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
    • 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 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Why bother with FOSS.. Challenges.. − lack of business applications − interoperability with proprietary systems − limited documentation and polish − Limited Marketing − ......
    • 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
    • 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 )
    • Linux is used.. Simputer, OLPC Supercomputers Mobile devices By US Navy, Chinese Government Schools in Kerala
    • 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?
    • Thanks for listening... vidyak1@gmail.com