Open Yourself to the Idea of Open Source

Chip Rosenthal
Unicom Systems Development
<chip@unicom.com>

Tux the Penguin: the Linux mascot

Fifth Annual National Community Networking Conference
Open Source Issues
December 10, 2002









What do you think of when I say "Open Source?"


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What do you think of when I say "Open Source?"

Source Distribution

Right to Modify

Right to Re-Distribute

Community Supported

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but most of all
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FREE! FREE! FREE!









FREE?!?!!? What's the Catch?
  • The open source solution may be the better one, irrespective of price.
  • Proprietary Software driven by:
    • Needs of commercial enterprises.
    • Needs of upscale consumers.
  • Open Source Software driven by:
    • Developers with an itch.
    • Organizations with a need.
    • People who look and think a lot like you.








Open Source Infrastructure

Some of the best network and computing infrastructure tools are licensed as open source.









Cool Open Source Applications

PHP-Nuke

  • http://www.phpnuke.org/
  • Web content management system.
  • Ideal for community publishing.
  • Released under GNU Public License (GPL).








Cool Open Source Applications (cont.)

MovableType

  • http://www.movabletype.org/
  • Weblogging tool.
  • Individual, group, discussion comments.
  • Be careful of license terms!








Cool Open Source Applications (cont.)

PhpWiki

  • http://phpwiki.sourceforge.net/phpwiki/
  • Wikis are user developed web sites.
  • Maybe best suited for developer communities.
  • I have no clue what the license terms are!








Resources for Open Source Applications

Freshmeat

  • Release announcements.
  • Awesome directory with search/browse features.

SourceForge

  • Developer community.
  • Downloads, Docs, Support, More.








Open Yourself to the Idea of Open Source

Exciting technology opportunities
await you when you open yourself
to the idea of open source.

Tux the Penguin: the Linux mascot

Chip Rosenthal
<chip@unicom.com>










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