Open Source Software
– another alternative
Adapted from:
Ed Newman’s TCEA 2005
Presentation
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“Would you buy a car with the hood
welded shut?”
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“What do you know about modern
internal-combustion engines?”
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What is Open Source?
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Open source software (OSS) refers
to software programs that are
distributed with the source code—
hence open source. The open
source license allows users the
freedom to run the program for any
purpose, to study and modify the
program, and to freely redistribute
copies of the original or modified
program.
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Open Source
another way of building software
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The software evolves more rapidly
and organically.
Users’ needs are rapidly met.
New versions are released very
often, tested by a community of
users, resulting in superior quality
software tested on more platforms.
Security is enhanced because the
code is exposed to the world.
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Is OSS really Free?
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Open source is often thought of as
free software. In fact, one of the
benefits is that anyone can use,
modify, and redistribute the
software without a license fee.
While the code is free, the benefits
have much more to do with the
freedoms than the cost.
Cost occur in the TCO.
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Great misconception
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OSS is an alternative to commercial
software
OSS is an alternative to proprietary
software
The greatest difference
 CONTROL
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FACT:
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Microsystems, Apple Computer, Red
Hat, Novell, and many other
companies attribute significant
revenue from strategies built on
commercialization of open source
software.
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Imagine…
the Freedom to choose;
 control over your destiny;
 connection to a global community;
 Peace of Mind and confidence;
 Innovation in teaching and
learning technology.
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DISTRO’s
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Ubuntu
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Edubuntu
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www.mandriva.com
Fedora
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http://www.edubuntu.org/
Mandriva
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http://www.ubuntulinux.org/
http://fedora.redhat.com/
KNOPPIX
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http://www.knoppix.com/
http://distrowatch.com/
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Knoppix
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Bootable CD
Try Linux on your Windows PC
Great Troubleshooting Tool
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Reads NTFS
Use for recovery
Other Utilities
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Some Server Please!
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LAMP
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Linux, Apache, MYSQL, PHP
WAMP
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Windows, Apache, MYSQL, PHP
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Moodle
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Course Management System (CMS)
designed using sound pedagogical
principles, to help educators create
effective online learning communities
Use it on any computer you have handy
including webhosts
It can scale from a single-teacher site to a
40,000-student University
Ohio State, Texas Tech, Mississippi State
http://moodle.org/
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Joomla – (Content Management System)
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Portal or content system for hosting
websites.
Plug-in for blogs, wikis, forms,
calendars, email…
http://www.joomla.org
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Personal blog software hosted or
downloaded to host on your server.
Supports multiple languages:
Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, German
French, Italian, and more. . .
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http://wordpress.com
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Mozilla
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Firefox (Web Browser)
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has an intuitive interface blocks viruses,
spyware, and popup ads.
Tabbed Browsing
Thunderbird (Email Clint)
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Simple to use, powerful, and customizable,
full-featured email application.
Junk Mail Filters
Anti-Phishing Protection
Advanced Security
http://www.mozilla.org/
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OpenOffice.org
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OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform
and multilingual office suite and an
open-source project. Compatible
with all other major office suites,
the product is free to download,
use, and distribute.
http://www.openoffice.org
http://www.learnopenoffice.org/
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GIMP
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GIMP is the GNU Image
Manipulation Program
Freely distributed piece of software
Used for such tasks as photo
retouching, image composition and
image authoring.
It works on many operating
systems, in many languages.
http://www.gimp.org/
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Nvu (N-view)
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WYSIWYG Web page editor.
Integrated file management via FTP.
Reliable HTML code creation that will work
with all of today's most popular browsers.
Jump between WYSIWYG Editing Mode and
HTML using tabs.
Tabbed editing to make working on multiple
pages a snap.
Powerful support for forms, tables, and
templates.
http://www.nvu.com
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Nvu
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WINK (Tutorial & Presentation)
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Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation
product aimed at creating tutorials
on how to use software.
Capture screenshots, add buttons,
explanation boxes, titles, etc.
http://www.debugmode.com/wink/
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Audacity
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A free, easy-to-use audio editor
and recorder.
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Record live audio.
Convert tapes and records into digital
recordings or CDs.
Edit Ogg, MP3, and WAV sound files.
Cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds.
Change speed or pitch of a recording.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net
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Audacity
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IHMC Cmap (concept mappings)
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construct, navigate, share and
criticize knowledge models
represented as concept maps.
http://cmap.ihmc.us
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PDF Creator
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PDFCreator easily creates PDFs
from any Windows program.
Use it like a printer in Word,
StarCalc or any other Windows
application.
https://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator
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Conclusion
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Open source opens learning…
Learn more at
http://www.innovateonline.info
Questions? Email Jerome Ciesiolka
at [email protected]
For more resources, visit
http://www.edlink12.net/OpenSource
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