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FOSS for beginners made easy

Hello Newbies !

FOSS stands for Free/Open Source Software

Free does not mean free as in free lunch, it means free as in freedom of speech.But mostly FOSS softwares are free of cost too.Why use FOSS? A fantastic question to ask.The answer is, rather than writing a huge paragraph i would like to give a pointer to a set of slides with “only pictures”.http://sirsasana.org/slides/

In order for engineering students to learn software engineering they cannot use a proprietary software like windows or any other software whose source code is not open.Through proprietary software one can only learn about the cost and the interfaces, not software.Linux alone is not an example of open source,even applications like Mozilla Firefox is an instance.The source code of firefox can be found at here

Linux was initially a simple kernel, but it was continuously improved and enhanced to reach the current stage.With so many packages for linux.It was possible by people like you and me.This is an example of how powerful is contribution.Contribution can be

  1. Development – i.e. writting code for kernel/device driver/application
  2. Testing Bug/Reporting Bugs/Fixing Bugs
  3. Localization i.e. Help translating the FOSS software to local languages
  4. User
  5. Donation – FOSS softwares run on donations, but they not compulsory.But if you are satisfied its ethical to pay for the software.
  6. Advocacy – Spreading the word to your friends
  7. Documentation – wiritng HOWTO & documenting the free software can help people to learn them better.

The advantage of free software being free is that the community can improve the software for ever, and ultimately the community is benefited.One can learn a lot of intellectual property issues likes copyright, trademark & patents in FOSS.The famous license in FOSS is GNU GPL, which focuses on copyleft.Other licenses can be found here.

References

Why is Microsoft so rich ?

recommended to know restrictions of proprietary software http://www.debian.org/intro/free

http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/philosophy.html

If you had spent some time through this entire post & the links mentioned, then you know what is FOSS !

See my credits page too 🙂

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February 29, 2008 - Posted by | FOSS, Software | , , ,

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