Open Source Software
A presentation by Les Bain and Robin McCain for
PASS (Professional Association of Support Services
What is Open Source software?
Open source software is software that
has its human readable form available to the public.
- Usually software that is
licensed under open source initiative licenses.
- The software is generally
free to anyone that wants to use it.
- The people that use the
software become a community of users.
- Anyone can make changes
to the source code.
What is not Open Source software?
- Public Domain
- Some government agencies
by law must develop public domain.
- Proprietary Software.
- Proprietary software is
software that has the source code protected by trade secret and copyright.
- It is usually controlled
by a software company.
- Examples are Windows, Office,
- Freeware Software.
- Freeware has only to do
with the fact that there is no charge.
- Software that is free can
be either Open Source or Proprietary.
Why use Open Source software?
Open source software is free so it
can save a company money.
Open source software has a reputation
for being more secure for a number of different reasons.
- Because each person who
uses the software can actively participate in identifying changes.
- Because of the large body
of people that are available to make changes when a problem is identified.
- Because the source code
is available, many people can look at the source code and evaluate it
Are there Obstacles
to using Open Source Software?
Obstacles to deployment of open source
software – and our responses
- Installation may be difficult
or require extensive programming skills.
- Choose a different application
with easier installation – this is often indicative of software that
was never extensively used. Use Wikipedia to compare available open
source tools for maturity and ease of use.
- Support may not exist or
be provided in a nontraditional manner.
- Rather than call a support
center, you may need to join a mailing list, login to an IRC chat room,
a forum or contact the programming team via email. It may take two or
three days for someone to respond.
- The application may depend
on the use of operating systems other than Windows.
- Linux is probably the most
commonly used operating system for open source development. Mature
open source software will eventually be modified or ported to Windows.
(This is easier now that Apple uses processors that can run Windows
and Microsoft is beginning to recognize the value of open source software.
- The installation may depend
on the presence of a specific hardware configuration.
- In most cases, open source
software runs on commonly available standard hardware. Beware of hardware
that is “Windows only”.
Where can one
find Open Source Software and Resources?
What are some Open Source Software Products?
||McAfree / Semantic|
|Photo Work &
|HTML WYSIWYG editor
||Frontpage / Dreamweaver / Expression
|3D Modeling and rendering
||Art of Illusion, Blender,
||Lightwave, 3ds Max, Softimage, Maya|
|Finite element analysis
||Calculix, Dune, freeFEM
||GoMesh, Strand 7, Nastran|
|CAD – Computer
||Open BSD, Free BSD
||Fedora, SuSE, Ubuntu, Debian
|Data Base Management
||Oracle, SQL Server|
||Internet Information Server|
||Postfix, Qmail, Zimbra
||Sun Java System Calendar
||Tango, Nucleus, Drupal
||Microsoft Sharepoint Server|
|Windows Live Writer|
||Plesk, ISPmanager, Cortex|
||EditMe, JotSpot, Thought Farmer|
||Windows XP Media Server Edition|
||Microsoft Office Communications Server|
Main / Pyrus DMS
|Xerox Docushare, Stellent|
||Bacula, Toucan, FlyBack, Mondo
||Acronis, Tivoli, Legato, Backup Exec,
SOS Backup, UltraBac|
|Bulk email listserver
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