Free & Open Source Software

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An introduction to the Open Source philosophy of Computer Software.

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Free & Open Source Software

  1. 1. Introduction to free & open source software JMILUG
  2. 2. How many of you have used .. Mozilla Firefox
  3. 3. VLC media player
  4. 4. OpenOffice
  5. 5. And furthermore:  Android  Notepad++  7-Zip  Wordpress  Pidgin
  6. 6. What is common in all of them? All the above are Free and Open Source Software.
  7. 7. Confused?
  8. 8. Lets go back ... History
  9. 9. In 1985 Richard Stallman formed FSF
  10. 10. ● He along with a group of like minded programmers started work in developing the tools needed to make a complete OS - like an editor (Emacs), a C compiler (GCC), libraries and all associated generic Unix tools like cat,ls, chmod etc
  11. 11. In year 1990 A finnish student by name Linus Torvalds
  12. 12. Wrote kernel And released it under GPL. This kernel is now popularly known as Linux.
  13. 13. So Gnu toolchains + kernel == Gnu/Linux
  14. 14. What are various distros ?
  15. 15. Also After 1997, a programming model other than the GPLed model emerged which is now popularly known as the Open Source Initiative.
  16. 16. The Pyramid
  17. 17. So the question is .. Why should i learn free & opensource software, Gnu/Linux? How and where to look for help?
  18. 18. Why should i learn free & opensource software? For your good. Better knowledge about how things/technology works. Better paid job?
  19. 19. How and where to look for help? The Linux Documentation Project (tldp.org) Distribution/software specific websites
  20. 20. But am not a coder ….. You can still help and be part of the community Localization Documentation Artwork Bug Reporting Mentoring
  21. 21. Questions?
  22. 22. Thanks Akif Khan Linux Missionary

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