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The importance of FOSS for non-profit organizations


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An introduction to the importance of FOSS for nonprofit organizations. Slides as presented on BarCamp Brussel 2007, 1st of December.

An introduction to the importance of FOSS for nonprofit organizations. Slides as presented on BarCamp Brussel 2007, 1st of December.

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  • 1. The importance of FOSS for non-profit organizations If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • 2. Introduction • 80’s - 90’s - donated or “borrowed” - 5-year-old versions • now - unit or per-seat license - software as a service • more and more nonprofits running FOSS - on their servers (apache, mysql) - desktop applications (Firefox, - linux (Debian-NP, Ubuntu)
  • 3. Why? • Free: free as in beer • Open source: free as in freedom • License: free for anyone to use
  • 4. Free? ”When you buy proprietary software, you look for a good vendor. With open source, get a good developer you can depend on ... Find someone who will tell you honestly what's up and who communicates well – free software isn't entirely free – you need someone to tweak things.” Eric Squair, Web Manager, Greenpeace Canada
  • 5. Total Cost of Ownership How much does this technology cost to implement and maintain? - software acquisition cost - implementation costs - hardware costs - training costs - maintenance fees - upgrade fees - administration & support
  • 6. Strategic value Factors beyond the costs related to the technology itself, for example the impact on staff productivity, or on the quality of services delivered to clients. - customizing the software - vendor goes out of sale, still community support - philosophical
  • 7. License • GNU General Public License • No unit or per-seat licenses • Make as many copies as you want, for no extra charge • Source code is available • Source code can be modified and re-distributed • No discrimination: anyone can use it
  • 8. License JIRA is free under the Community License: - non-profit - non-government - non-academic - non-commercial - non-political - secular
  • 9. Open source Anyone can contribute.
  • 10. Open source • report bugs • request features • aid users on fora and other support channels • write documentation • help localize • contribute code
  • 11. Users are developers • contribute bugs you fixed, • features you added, • modules you wrote, • to the core project
  • 12. Why do users contribute? • their company needs things fixed • give back to the community • eternal fame! • Google Summer of Code • Google Highly Open Participation Contest
  • 13. Many thanks to • CivicActions • Nonprofit Open Source Initiative • FOSS4US • Rossana Tarsiero: Scrapbook of My Life • Drupal Community