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Users Guide To Freeware Shareware And Open Source Software

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Overview of Freeware, Shareware and Open Source software for nonprofits.

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Users Guide To Freeware Shareware And Open Source Software

  1. 1. Free and Low Cost Computer Programs   <ul><ul><li>A Users Guide to Freeware, Shareware and Open Source Software for Your Not-for-Profit, Business and Home </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Terms <ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collection of computer programs, procedures and documentation that perform tasks on a computer system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open Source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software that is freely distributed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Source code must be included or be obtainable for free redistribution of modifications </li></ul></ul>Source of definitions and a lot of other good information - Wikipedia
  3. 3. More Terms <ul><li>Freeware </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software available free of charge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For an unlimited time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writer usually has a copyright on the source code </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shareware </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software obtained free of charge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accompanied by a request for payment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Software's distribution license often requires such a payment </li></ul></ul></ul>Source of definitions and a lot of other good information - Wikipedia
  4. 4. Still More Terms <ul><li>Computer-based software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Installed on your computer or server </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Word are examples </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web-based software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stored on a server that is located remotely </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Made available to you when you need it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Apps is an example of web-based software </li></ul></ul>Source of definitions and a lot of other good information - Wikipedia
  5. 5. For purposes of this presentation <ul><li>Free means </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free to chose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free from monopoly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free to think “outside of the box” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Remember </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Someone spent time, energy and effort to make this software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This needs to be acknowledged, respected and appreciated </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Compatible vs. Comparable <ul><li>Compatible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Well-matched </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work well together </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Comparable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equivalent to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As good as </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Change Relationship to Software <ul><li>Is enabled by a mind shift </li></ul><ul><li>Away from rote learning to fundamentals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the name of what you want to do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do you find it </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Reasons To Use <ul><li>FREE or nearly free </li></ul><ul><li>Save a lot of MONEY </li></ul><ul><li>Shareware lets you “try before you buy” </li></ul><ul><li>Usually written to work on older computers and with older operating systems </li></ul>
  9. 9. Software Alternatives <ul><li>OpenOffice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative to Microsoft Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work, save and send Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher documents as if using Microsoft equivalent product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FREE or $10 for a CD copy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Firefox </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative to Internet Explorer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fewer vulnerabilities than IE and FREE </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Software Alternatives <ul><li>Doodle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple polling system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps people coordinate times when all can meet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple languages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And did I mention it is FREE </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Alternative Operating System <ul><li>Linux </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative to Windows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May make sense for your organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss with your IT Support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use customizable interface </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great security features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Runs most Windows applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not many of the games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Big plus for productivity in educational settings </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Good Programs - Small Learning Curve <ul><ul><li>AbiWord - substitute for Microsoft Word </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thunderbird - takes the place of Microsoft Outlook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sunbird - replaces Microsoft Outlook’s calendaring functions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GIMP-Shop - forget Adobe Photoshop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PDFCreator – create a PDF of a Microsoft document without Acrobat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GnuCash – accounting software instead of Quicken or Microsoft Money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GanttPV – Project scheduling like MS Project </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Free Web and E-Mail <ul><li>Provided by Microsoft </li></ul><ul><li>Legal domain registration or transfer </li></ul><ul><li>Design templates </li></ul><ul><li>Support for multiple pages </li></ul><ul><li>Customizable </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Office Live Small Business </li></ul><ul><li>Sample – Click here </li></ul>
  14. 14. Where To Find <ul><li>Discounted software & tons of good information for not-for-profits: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Techsoup </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other useful websites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TuDogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Source Commons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SourceForge </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Free and Low Cost Computer Programs   <ul><ul><li>A Users Guide to Freeware, Shareware and Open Source Software for Your Not-for-Profit, Business and Home </li></ul></ul>

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