Open Source for Nonprofits

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Presentation by Phil Shapiro - NetSquared DC meeting on August 21, 2012

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Open Source for Nonprofits

  1. 1. Open Source Softwarefor Nonprofit Organizations Phil Shapiro, Public Geek Takoma Park Maryland Library pshapiro@his.com @philshapiro August 21, 2012
  2. 2. Reasons for Using Open Source Software➲ Saves money➲ Customizable➲ Avoids costly upgrades and lock-in➲ Consistent with nonprofit ethic of doing more with less➲ Runs better on older hardware➲ Viruses almost non-existent on Linux➲ Open source communities invite participation in many different ways
  3. 3. Most Popular Open Source Software Programs➲ LibreOffice/OpenOffice➲ Wordpress➲ Drupal➲ Linux➲ GIMP – (Photoshop equivalent)➲ Inkscape (Adobe Illustrator equivalent)➲ Blender (3D modeling and animation)➲ OpenShot (video editor)➲ LightWorks (video editor)
  4. 4. Other Popular Open Source Software Programs➲ TuxPaint➲ TuxType➲ Audacity (sound recorder/editor)➲ FileZilla (FTP program)➲ Apache (the worlds most popular web server)
  5. 5. How to Learn to Use Open Source Software➲ Thousands of screencasts on YouTube. Search for the name of the open source program and the words “tutorial” or “screencast” or “how to” or “lesson”➲ Also, search Google. For example, search for: Inkscape screencasts➲ Freely usable, public domain SVG graphics created with Inkscape can be found at openclipart.org➲ http://showmedo.com/
  6. 6. Create Your Own Screencasts for Free➲ Using Camstudio Open Source (Windows)➲ (see article “CamStudio Tips for Teachers” in PCWorld magazine➲ GTK RecordMyDesktop (Linux)➲ http://screencast-o-matic.com/ (Mac and Windows)➲ Use a USB microphone for clearest sounding audio in your screencasts
  7. 7. Where to Learn about Open Source Software➲ Opensource.com➲ Lxer.com➲ Linux.com➲ Ubuntu.com➲ Search Twitter for: #opensource➲ And the web sites of your favorite open source programs
  8. 8. Exciting Recent Developments in Open Source➲ Red Hat Fedora 17 – with automatic multistation support (allows several keyboards, mice, monitors to share a single computer – even on a Pentium IV computer)➲ LightWorks open source video editor (a professional video editor – was used to create many movies in the movie theaters, including The Kings Speech)
  9. 9. How to Advocate for Open Source Software➲ Find open source buddies and ask them to show you things they love in the open source programs they use➲ Ask your local public libraries to start teaching open source software trainings➲ Tweet and retweet open source solutions➲ Write blog posts for opensource.com➲ Attendees meeting just like this one – and offer to present when given a chance

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