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Open Source Shareware Freeware

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Understanding how using open source, freeware and shareware in school can help reduce cost.

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Open Source Shareware Freeware

  1. 1. Open Source, Shareware & Freeware "Understanding and making sense of it all." William Stites - wstites@mka.org - Twitter: @wstites
  2. 2. Understanding the differences... <ul><li>  OPEN SOURCE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Source code: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Available to public </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Modifiable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>May be redistributed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community of developers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Support can be community based or paid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Source Initiative </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FREEWARE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developer chose free distribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Source Code not available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distribution from developers site only  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SHAREWARE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free for limited/trial period </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developer owns rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Source Code not available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No collaborative community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Payment often required </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Understanding the benefits... <ul><ul><li>Reliability - Community of developers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stability - No &quot;forced&quot; upgrades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Initial </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ongoing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TCO </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility and Freedom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support and Accountability </li></ul></ul>http://open-source.gbdirect.co.uk/migration/benefit.html#stability
  4. 4. Understanding the misconceptions... <ul><ul><li>  &quot;But it's not X and our students need to know X in order to succeed in THE REAL WORLD &quot;There is no support for open source software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not as secure as paid software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harder to learn & support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inferior to paid software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires Linux, MySQL or PHP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No or slower updates to software  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free is NOT Open Source  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What happens when no longer free, updated, or supported by software company?  </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Understanding where to start - The backend...
  6. 6. Understanding where to start - The backend... <ul><ul><li>Content Filtering* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Firewall* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network Address Translation (NAT)* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intrusion Protection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SPAM/Virus Filtering </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>* Item currently used by our school. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Understanding where to start - The backend...
  8. 8. Understanding the next step - Course Management & Communications...
  9. 9. Understanding the next step - Course Management & Communications...
  10. 10. Understanding the big step - Software...
  11. 11. Understanding the big step - Software...
  12. 12. Understanding the big step - Software... <ul><ul><li>Cross Platform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete suite of productivity tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills vs Applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to &quot;Save as...&quot; & open Office files </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Understanding the big step - Software...
  14. 14. Understanding the big step - Software...
  15. 15. Understanding the big step - OS...
  16. 16. Understanding the big step - OS... <ul><ul><li>Similar file structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Common/similar set of apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Skin It!&quot; - make it look like you want. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Articles, References & Resources <ul><ul><li>&quot;Open Source in Education&quot; - Tech&Learning Presentation -  http://www.slideshare.net/wstites/open-source-in-education-2877092 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  FOSSED Conference - http://www.fossed.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ EDUPUNK: Open Source Education” - http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/ideas/view/1514 & http://jimgroom.net/presentations/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  SchoolForge - http://www.schoolforge.net/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EduForge - https://eduforge.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NYCIST April 2009 Meeting Notes - http://nycist.wikispaces.com/April+2009+Meeting+Notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;When Free Isn’t Free: The realities of running open source in school &quot; -  http://www.techlearning.com/article/16504 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;How the Open Source Movement Has Changed Education: 10 Success Stories&quot; - http://oedb.org/library/features/how-the-open-source-movement-has-changed-education-10-success-stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find Open Source Alternative Software - http://www.osalt.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>

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