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Ed. Technology Council Open Source Presentation

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Ed. Technology Council Open Source Presentation

  1. 1. Open Source Software Gerald Logan [email_address]
  2. 2. Open-source software is computer software where the source code is available under a license that permits users to study, change, and improve the software, and to redistribute it in modified or unmodified form. It is often developed in a public, collaborative manner. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source_software Open Source??
  3. 3. What Does This Mean To You? <ul><li>The source code is available </li></ul><ul><li>Software does not cost </li></ul><ul><li>If you have the ability to modify the code you may do so, but you must publish the source code. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Opensource.org Has This To Say About It. <ul><li>The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in. </li></ul><ul><li>One of our most important activities is as a standards body, maintaining the Open Source Definition for the good of the community. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What Does This Mean To You? <ul><li>The peer review process means that anything you do will be evaluated by others and may be modified </li></ul><ul><li>All the coders will review your work, if you break it, they will all work at fixing it </li></ul><ul><li>Your data will be stored in an open format </li></ul>
  6. 6. How Safe And Reliable Is It? <ul><li>When problems are found with open source software, it is generally fixed in hours. </li></ul><ul><li>Companies tend to have patches ready in days. </li></ul>
  7. 7. So How Good Is This Stuff? <ul><li>The internet runs on this software and always has </li></ul><ul><li>The web server of choice, Apache runs 58.86 % of the web sites (last month) </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox the most popular web browser is sitting at 15 % up 5 % in the last year. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why Haven't I Heard More About This? <ul><li>North America is the slowest region to embrace open source </li></ul><ul><li>An attitude prevails that if you don't have to pay to rent it, it isn't worth using. </li></ul><ul><li>North America can afford to buy software -the world can't. </li></ul>
  9. 9. How Much Does Software Cost?
  10. 10. So Who Publishes This and Why ? <ul><li>The developers, at ground zero were dedicated programers who had a passion for the program </li></ul><ul><li>Proof of concept - Linux </li></ul><ul><li>Companies have also jumped on board. The largest and best known one would be IBM. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Who Supports This? <ul><li>The community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FAQs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Howtos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>18 000 000 hits on “howto apache” </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Lets Play….. <ul><li>All the titles I am showing run on three operating systems: Mac, Windows and Linux </li></ul><ul><li>I will run the firestorm and then we will play….. </li></ul><ul><li>I believe that time to play is the most important part of this workshop. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the web applications have demo servers. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Open Office <ul><li>Word Processing </li></ul><ul><li>Spreadsheet </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Database </li></ul><ul><li>Draw </li></ul>
  14. 14. Word Processing <ul><li>Full featured </li></ul><ul><li>Reads .doc documents </li></ul><ul><li>Saves .doc, xml and odf. </li></ul><ul><li>Test documents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>newsletter - fine. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>background image - not. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Spread Sheet <ul><li>A sheet was brought in from Excel </li></ul><ul><li>Formatting is sometimes lost </li></ul><ul><li>The interface is so familiar </li></ul>
  16. 16. Impress <ul><li>Imports other slide designs with no problem. </li></ul><ul><li>The bells and whistles don’t always work </li></ul><ul><li>The sounds and movies file types are rather particular. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Draw <ul><li>This is vector based drawing package </li></ul><ul><li>Objects can be resized and moved around. </li></ul><ul><li>Opens .jpg, png, tiff and gif </li></ul><ul><li>Only open office formats </li></ul>
  18. 18. Database <ul><li>I am a Filemaker user </li></ul><ul><li>I played around enough with this to make an address book. </li></ul><ul><li>Click friendly </li></ul>
  19. 19. Abi Word <ul><li>Writes and saves .doc files with simple formating no problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Simple to use </li></ul><ul><li>Standard icons </li></ul><ul><li>Mean lean writing machine. (90 menu items, 4 toolbar, Word has 131 and 18 Toolbars) </li></ul>
  20. 20. AbiWord <ul><li>Does not do a good job of importing Word Tables, footers and graphic formatting.. </li></ul><ul><li>No background image in this example </li></ul><ul><li>The display is not as crisp as Word </li></ul><ul><li>No clipart, just pictures from the web(?) </li></ul>
  21. 21. Inkscape <ul><li>Vector based illustration program </li></ul><ul><li>Layer tools </li></ul><ul><li>Gradients </li></ul><ul><li>More tools than I have ablity </li></ul>
  22. 22. GIMP
  23. 23. Tux Paint <ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>No menus </li></ul><ul><li>What you see is what you get…almost </li></ul><ul><li>Blue scale? </li></ul><ul><li>Arrows? </li></ul>
  24. 24. Even I can figure this one out!
  25. 25. Tux Type
  26. 26. Character Mode
  27. 27. Word Mode
  28. 28. Free Mind
  29. 29. NVU <ul><li>WYSIWYG Web editor. no html code… but </li></ul><ul><li>It is easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>It gets ackward if you try to make large sites. It is best for the student sites ( ? pages) </li></ul>
  30. 30. Stellarium <ul><ul><ul><li>120,000 stars </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>images of nebulae </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>realistic Milky Way </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>equatorial and azimuthal grids </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the planets and their satellites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>eclipse simulation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Celestria <ul><li>The space simulation that lets you explore our universe </li></ul><ul><li>Travel throughout the solar system </li></ul>
  32. 32. Sudoku <ul><li>This is the only single platform OS program I am showing. </li></ul><ul><li>There are Mac versions on the net. http://www.sudokufun.com/widget.php </li></ul>
  33. 33. Moodle
  34. 34. Some Moodle Sites <ul><li>The conference eLearning site is run with Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Many schools are running it. </li></ul>
  35. 35. ATutor <ul><li>U of T is the lead </li></ul>
  36. 36. SciQ Site on ATutor <ul><li>Very easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>This site was just point and click from our website </li></ul><ul><li>Demo server available </li></ul><ul><li>http://courses.atutor.ca/login.php </li></ul>
  37. 37. Apache <ul><li>Started with a web server </li></ul><ul><li>56 % of the current market </li></ul><ul><li>Most Linux distributions include this </li></ul>
  38. 38. Mediawiki <ul><li>Written for Wikipedia.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://en. wikipedia .org/ wiki / Mediawiki </li></ul>
  39. 39. Wikipedia.org
  40. 40. Linux <ul><li>The first true open source project, started as a class assginment </li></ul><ul><li>Runs the internet </li></ul>
  41. 41. Drupal
  42. 42. Drupal <ul><li>Add on Modules </li></ul><ul><li>Content Management Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative environments </li></ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Picture galleries </li></ul>
  43. 43. WordPress <ul><li>Latest blogging technology </li></ul><ul><li>Full standards compliance </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress Pages </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress Links </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress Themes </li></ul>
  44. 44. Etcata.ca
  45. 45. Joomal <ul><li>Content management system </li></ul><ul><li>Our webmasters current choice </li></ul><ul><li>Online demo </li></ul><ul><li>http://demo.joomla.org/ </li></ul>
  46. 46. OpenCourseWare <ul><ul><ul><li>Provide free, searchable access to MIT's course materials for educators, students, and self-learners around the world. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extend the reach and impact of MIT OCW and the &quot;opencourseware&quot; concept. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  47. 47. <ul><li>Gerald Logan </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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