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Open Source For Dummies


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a controversial talk on what open source is all about... used to initiate discussion on open source during OSScamp Delhi September 2008

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Open Source For Dummies

  1. 1. open source for dummies Kinshuk Sunil / [email_address]
  2. 2. source Tech Comics: "The Open Source Religion"
  3. 3. We Will Answer: Are you a Dummy? Do you know what Open Source is? Why should you care about Open Source? When you should NOT choose Open Source? How to avenge yourself from the Speaker
  4. 4. Note 1. This presentation: # is available at and my blog # expresses subjective opinions # is not technology-oriented 2. The Law of Two Feet applies to this Talk 3. The speaker is taking great risks by talking about something he doesnt completely understand.
  5. 5. Are you a Dummy? 1. You probaly are, if you thought: # open source is a geek's domain # open source is all about computers 2. Yes, if you don't understand: # open source is a development methodology # open source is not a philosophy # open source is, now, a culture
  6. 6. What is Open Source? Technically: 01. Free Redistribution 02. Source Code 03. Derived Works 04. Integrity of The Author's Source Code 05. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups 06. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor 07. Distribution of License 08. License Must Not Be Specific to a Product 09. License Must Not Restrict Other Software 10. License Must Be Technology-Neutral source open source definition, OSI
  7. 7. What is Open Source? In English: program includes source and is freely distributable; there is no discrimination of any sorts and no restrictions, given the original author is not taken for a ride; depends a lot on the license; not necessarily a free software (free as in free beer)
  8. 8. What is Open Source? What does it mean: 1. you can share open source programs 2. develop in collaboration 3. get better softwares, lesser bugs, more usability 4. for the people, from the people, by the people 5. you can create new business opportunities
  9. 9. Why Should You Care? Erm... were you listening? You can: 1. share open source programs 2. develop in collaboration 3. get better softwares, lesser bugs, more usability 4. create new business opportunities
  10. 10. When Not To Use Open Source? source Open Source Debate by Jurgens Pieterse
  11. 11. Concerns with Open Source “ ...The cost model in an Open Source environment shifts to focusing on integration costs, the maintenance cost and the extension of applications...” 2 “ ...A major concern is the potential cost of retraining staff when a switch is made to Open Source products...”
  12. 12. Must Read 1. Open Source Definition at Open Source Initiative 2. Open Source Debate by Jurgens Pieterse