[W2l] Welcome to FOSS Summary

Shlomi Fish shlomif at iglu.org.il
Wed Sep 30 15:55:42 IST 2009


On Wednesday 30 Sep 2009 08:14:16 Ori Idan wrote:
> ‚ÄéThat is how we did it every year, make demo as first presentation and then
> give the introduction to FOSS.

OK. I'm glad you agree.

> I am wiling to give the introduction to FOSS.
> I think your summery is fine.

Very well. Please prepare some slides out of it - OpenOffice.org or HTML will 
be fine. The slides should probably be in Hebrew. Please prepare them as soon 
as possible so we can go over them, correct them and comment.

Regards,

	Shlomi Fish

> 
> > Hi all!
> >
> > Here is the up-to-date summary of the two Welcome-to-FOSS presentations.
> > I'm
> > now leaning towards making the "Demo" presentation the first one.
> >
> > Maybe I should move them to wiki.osdc.org.il . Hmmm...
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> >        Shlomi Fish
> >
> > 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.
> >                    - 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
> > modifications).
> >            - 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.
> >        - forking
> >    - Use the Internet for collaboration
> >        - Bazaar model of development.
> >            - Refer to the Cathedral and the Bazaar series.
> >    - Better security and transparency.
> >        -
> >    - 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 and other benefits.
> >        - Many developers get paid to develop it.
> >        - Still room for non-free competition.
> >        - See:
> >            - http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/StrategyLetterV.html
> >            - http://www.shlomifish.org/philosophy/obj-oss/rev2/
> >    - No vendor lock-in or product end-of-life:
> >        - Volunteers can always use and maintain a program on their own
> >        forking the last open-source version.
> >    -
> >
> > *
> >
> > Demonstration:
> > --------------
> >
> > * Firefox:
> >    - tabs.
> >    - frequent updates.
> >        - with notifications.
> >    - free-of-charge.
> >    - themes
> >    - Bookmark manager.
> >    - Firefox personas
> >        - http://www.getpersonas.com/
> >    - ChatZilla - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/16
> >    - Split browser.
> >    - StumbleUpon (?)
> >
> > * Inkscape:
> >
> > * OpenOffice.org:
> >
> > * VLC
> >
> > * Mozilla Thunderbird.
> >
> > * Audactity.
> >
> > * GIMP (?)
> >
> > * PeaZip / 7-Zip.
> >
> > * Games:
> >    - Battle for Wesnoth.
> >    - PySolFC.
> >         - over 1,000 games.
> >         - demo the hint system and the solver.
> >    -
> >
> > * VirtualBox.
> >
> >
> > --
> > -----------------------------------------------------------------
> > Shlomi Fish       http://www.shlomifish.org/
> > http://www.shlomifish.org/humour/ways_to_do_it.html
> >
> > Chuck Norris read the entire English Wikipedia in 24 hours. Twice.
> 

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