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[W2l] Welcome to FOSS Summary
by Shlomi Fish

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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
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* 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:
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* 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.


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