[W2l] Welcome-to-Linux/Welcome-to-FOSS Planning - what we'd like to have
ori at helicontech.co.il
Sun Sep 20 18:42:49 IDT 2009
As allways I volunteer to give the philosophy lecture.
I can also give a rerun of the living in the community lecture.
On Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 4:54 PM, Shlomi Fish <shlomif at iglu.org.il> wrote:
> Hi all!
> Well, as you may have noticed, there wasn't a general consensus on whether
> "Welcome-to-Linux" (= W2L) or "Welcome-to-FOSS" (= W2FOSS) were better.
> However, looking at the schedule at:
> it seems very old-fashioned and rehearsed. We can just keep the slides and
> refer people to them. As the Telux/TelFOSS "benevolent dictator", I
> we'll do something which is kind-of in between.
> What I think is that we need at first is a two part series. The first
> installment (not necessarily the first one to be given) will be a showcase
> lots of FOSS (Linux, but also portable software) awesomeness-factor:
> features, usability, some free games, Amarok, kaffeine/totem, etc. We
> should remember that using a laptop (with Linux or otherwise) and having an
> Internet there are mutually exclusive, unless we can get Eddie to somehow
> us the necessary Tel Aviv Uni INET privileges.
> The second installment will be about the FOSS philosophy, ideology and its
> practical implications. The summary of it that I have so far is:
> Welcome-to-Linux / Welcome-to-FOSS abstract
> * Introduction:
> - What is Free Software/Open Source:
> - source code
> - analogy to wikipedia. (?)
> - Edit/View source.
> - The FSF Free Software Definition
> - FOSS != Public Domain
> - copyleft.
> - some restrictions.
> - share-alike
> - permissive licences (BSDL, X11L, etc.)
> - do what you want with them?
> - mostly
> * Examples of open source software:
> - Firefox.
> - OpenOffice.org
> - Linux.
> - what is an operating system.
> - A free kernel.
> - The GNU/Linux run-time.
> - lots of names - X11 (X.Org), KDE, GNOME, OpenSSH.
> - don't be alarmed.
> - Other similar OSes (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD).
> - Many distributions.
> - all packaging the same FOSS components (with some
> - Different glue, behaviour and features.
> - Different bugs.
> - Our recommended distributions:
> - Fedora
> - Mandriva
> - Ubuntu
> - links to pages with information about them
> - material of previous presentations.
> * Advantages of open-source:
> - May not cost money.
> - gratis/costless/free-as-in-free-beer.
> - freely distributable
> - Note: it's ok to sell it!
> - Story of Stallman selling tapes of GNU software to people who
> could not download them from the Internet.
> - Can be modified and enhanced:
> - study the source to learn how the program works.
> - for enlightenement.
> - to compensate for lacking documentation.
> - fix bugs.
> - add new features.
> - refactoring.
> - fork
> - Use the Internet for collaboration
> - Bazaar model of development.
> - Refer to the Cathedral and the Bazaar series.
> - Not anti-commercial / anti-business.
> - Many valid business models.
> - Examples (?)
> - Lots of profitable companies.
> - As opposed to tangible goods (e.g: hammers, cars, food), software
> once developed, can be mass-produced at zero cost.
> - Many developers develop FOSS for fun
> - Many developers get paid to develop it.
> It could use some work, but I hope you get my drift, and suggestions will
> After these two presentation (whose order I'm still not sure about but I'm
> leaning to make the first one the first.) we can have a presentation for
> developers covering the various options for FOSS development (not only C or
> even only Java) and maybe then have some Haifux-like "Staying-in-FOSS"
> presentations. These seems more hip, more modern and less resource
> than having a 5-installments long series just about Linux.
> I also see that Haifux will have a Welcome-to-Linux series this year, and
> would like to commend them for it.
> Thoughts anyone?
> Shlomi Fish
>  - not "for life", though. I welcome spin-offs of Telux, coups, etc.
>  - Yes, I know that they are not up-to-par with commercial offerings,
> the other thread) but many open-source games can still be impressive:
> Extreme Tux Racer, etc. These can provide a large glitz factor too.
> Shlomi Fish http://www.shlomifish.org/
> Parody on "The Fountainhead" - http://shlom.in/towtf
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