Welcome. Why Pay More than Free? Janice Wilson Butler Juan Chavez, Jr. Open Source Software. Free Software . 1984 – Richard Stallman started GNU project Goal: No one pays for software Eliminate domination by few and powerful
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1984 – Richard Stallman started GNU project
Goal: No one pays for software
Eliminate domination by few and powerful
To protect “free” created GNU (GNUs not Unix) – General Public License
General Public License
May copy and distribute software
Cannot prohibit others from doing same
Cannot charge or restrict licensing
Works derived from licensing must remain free
Caused rift between computer industry and free software foundation
Seemed to be strong anti-business message
Software companies not interested in free software
500 computers x $48.00 (MS Office) = $24,000
500 computers x $36.00 (FrontPage) = $18,000
Other commercial software programs
Until it's time to upgrade...
Linux (with its many varieties...)
Ubuntu – now on Dells
Many OS options and desktops available
Will run well on older machines
Much documentation available
But, generally necessary to Geek-speak
Thus, learning curve rather large
Alternative to MS Office is Open Office
Learning curve is small
Price is free
Can be used as MS Office
Files saved as .doc, .ppt., etc.
Files opened as .doc, ppt., etc.
But free, nevertheless
“Antithesis” of Open Source – but still free
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