Open Source

A growing number of organizations are turning to Free/Open Source software for everything from computer networks to office productivity tools. This section includes articles on the importance of Open Source, links to source of Open Source software, and resource on Open Content.

 

Open Source - General

Arabeyes: The Arabic Unix Project

Developed by: Arabeyes Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Arabeyes is a Meta project that is aimed at fully supporting the Arabic  language in the Unix/Linux environment. It is designed to be a central location  to standardize the Arabization process. Arabeyes relies on voluntary  contributions by computer professionals and enthusiasts all over the world.

Dhttp://www.arabeyes.org/


FLOSS and NGOs: A Compilation of Resources and Community Events

Developed by: Aspiration Tech Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Annotated listing of resources, articles and community events relating to  NGOs and free and open source software.

Dhttp://www.aspirationtech.org/node/40


FOSS Localization Primer

Developed by: International Open Source Network Type of  resource: PDF 1.3 MB Target audience: General Cost: Free  access

This primer introduces the concepts of FOSS and localization, looks at  localization efforts in Asia Pacific, and finishes with recommendations for  localization initiatives.

Dhttp://www.iosn.net/l10n/foss-localization-primer/ foss-localization-primer.pdf


Free Software for Busy People

Developed by: Mohammad Al-Ubaydli Type of resource: website Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This site not only features an easy-to-read online book entitled "Free  Software for Busy People", it provides free software use scenarios from a  primary school teacher, a city mayor, an arab teacher, and a family physician.  With these busy people as examples the site highlights a broad range of  practical skills and gives readers insight to the vast possibility provided by  free software tools. Learn how the city mayor uses "Civic Space" for her  campaigns, how the family doctor uses "OpenEMR" to keep track of her patient  registry, or how the Arab teacher uses Openoffice.org in Arabic, and plays  games.

Dhttp://freedomsoftware.info/


International Open Source Network

Developed by: Asia-Pacific Information Development Programme  Type of resource: Web site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

IOSN is a clearinghouse for information on FOSS, with a focus on the  Asia-Pacific region.

Dhttp://www.iosn.net/


Making Sense of Freeware, Open Source, and Shareware

Developed by: TechSoup Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Brief overview of the terminology and concepts involved, and links to some  sources of freeware, open source software, and shareware.

Dhttp://www.techsoup.org/articlepage.cfm?articleid= 40&topicid=2


MMTK Open source software materials

Developed by: APC Type of resource: PDF files and  OpenOffice.org files Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free access

This workshop kit offers materials which trainers can use as the basis of  face-to-face workshops. Two units are available: "Introduction to open source  software" and "Choosing open source software".

Dhttp://www.itrainonline.org/itrainonline/mmtk/open source.shtml


Open Source Software

Developed by: APC Type of resource: Web site Target  audience: General Cost: Free access

This site, from APC's Internet  Rights programme provides news and information resources on open  source-related issues.

Dhttp://www.apc.org/english/rights/africa/?-1-%27Op en+Source%27


Open Standards, Open Source, and Open Innovation: Harnessing the Benefits  of Openness

Developed by: Committee for Economic Development Type of  resource: PDF report Target audience: General Cost: Free  access

This report from CED looks at the meaning of "openness" in the context of the  digital economy, explores concepts such as open standards, open source, and open  innovations, and makes a series of policy recommendations in these areas. Useful  reading for anyone trying to get an overview of the "openness" terrain  overall.

Dhttp://www.ced.org/docs/report/report_ecom_opensta ndards.pdf


OpenICDL

Developed by: Go-Open Campaign / ICDL Foundation Africa Type of  resource: Web site Target audience: General Cost: Free  access

"OpenICDL is an open source project that aims to develop and maintain a  Free/Open Source version of the training materials used to ready students for  the International Computer Driving License certification." Materials cover Basic  Concepts of IT, Using a Computer and Managing Files (K Desktop Environment),  Word Processing (OpenOffice.org Writer), Spreadsheets (OpenOffice.org Calc),  Databases (OpenOffice DB), Presentations (OpenOffice.org Impress) and  Information and Communications (Mozilla 1.4 and Ximian Evolution 1.4). Materials  are available in HTML and PDF versions.

Dhttp://icdl.tsf.org.za/courseware.html


OpenOffice Training Materials

Developed by: ByteBot.net (Colin Charles) Type of resource: Web site - OOo and PDF files Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free access

Ready-made OOo slide presentations (also available as PDF files) introducing  all the tools in the OpenOffice.org suite. Useful for both trainers and  end-users.

Dhttp://training.bytebot.net/


PortableApps.com

Developed by: PortableApps.com Type of resource: Software  downloads Target audience: General Cost: Free access

"A portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a  portable device and use on any Windows computer. When your USB flash drive,  portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device is plugged in, you have  access to your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC. And  when you unplug, none of your personal data is left behind." The  PortableApps.com site hosts "portable" versions of popular open source tools  such as Firefox and OpenOffice.org

Dhttp://portableapps.com/


Ten Myths about Open Source Software

Developed by: Tim O'Reilly Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This transcript of a talk by Tim O'Reilly addresses someof the myths  surrounding Open Source software, such as "Open Source Software Isn't Reliable  or Supported" and "The Open Source movement isn't sustainable, since people will  stop developing free software once they see others making lots of money from  their efforts."

Dhttp://opensource.oreilly.com/news/myths_1199.html


Understanding Open Source Software

Developed by: Groklaw Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Good introduction by Red Hat's Mark Webbink looking at "What is open source  software", the fundamentals of copyright law, myths about open source software,  and key concepts relating to open source licensing.

Dhttp://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=200312310 92027900


Why You Should Switch to the Mozilla Firebird browser

Developed by: Mozilla Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This article by Ben Goodger looks at the features which make Mozilla Firebird  a superior browser.

Dhttp://www.mozilla.org/products/firebird/why/


Open Source - Tips for  migrating

Building An Open Source Office: GRO Case Study

Developed by: LINC Project Type of resource: Web  site/PDF Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This case study is a useful starting point for grassroots (and other)  organizations who are considering moving over to open source software.

Dhttp://www.lincproject.org/toolkit/linux/gro2/


IDA Open Source Migration Guidelines

Developed by: European Union Type of resource: PDF  file Target audience: General Cost: Free access

The IDA Open Source Migration Guidelines provide practical and detailed  recommendations on how to migrate to Open Source Software (OSS)-based office  applications, calendaring, e-mail and other standard applications.

Dhttp://europa.eu.int/ISPO/ida/export/files/en/1618 .pdf


Open Source - Open  source for development

Editor's choice: Open Source in Africa: Towards  Informed Decision-Making

Developed by: Martin Bruggink / IICD Type of resource: PDF  file Target audience: General Cost: Free access

"This Brief summarises research carried out in Tanzania, Uganda and Burkina  Faso and other countries, asking where, how, and why open source software is  being used in Africa. Researcher Martin Bruggink highlights the opportunities as  well as the risks facing IT managers in African institutions who are thinking of  making the switch to open source."

Dhttp://www.ftpiicd.org/files/research/briefs/Brief 7.pdf


Choosing and using open source software: a primer for nonprofits

Developed by: Nonprofit Open Source Initiative Type of  resource: http://www.nosi.net/primer/NOSIPrimer.pdf Target  audience: General Cost: Free access

"Choosing and Using Open Source Software: A Primer for Nonprofits" from NOSIdescribes what open source software is and  what impact it may have on the nonprofit sector. It includes case-studies of  nonprofits of various sizes that are using open source software, a process for  evaluating whether or not open source is right for an organization, and useful  resources and information.

Dhttp://www.nosi.net/primer/NOSIPrimer.pdf


Free Software / Open Source Software and Civil Society Organizations - the  guide

Developed by: i_CAN Type of resource: Web site Target  audience: General Cost: Free access

This site includes a calendar of events, news, and other resources on Open  Source for civil society organizations.

Dhttp://www.work.artnet.org/opensource


How Open Source Can Open Doors for Nonprofits

Developed by: TechSoup Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This article by Jamie McClelland and Reuben Silvers argues that the natural  connection between nonprofits and the open source software movement has not yet  been fully realized, and that "by developing this connection nonprofits will not  only benefit from the advantages of open source software but will be able to  uniquely contribute to the development of new and richer open source patterns to  the benefit of both nonprofits and the greater open source software  movement."

Dhttp://www.techsoup.org/howto/articlepage.cfm?Arti cleId=426


Licence fees and GDP per capita: The case for open source in developing  countries

Developed by: Rishab Aiyer Ghosh Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This article in First Monday argues  that the open source development community provides an environment of intensive  interactive skills development at little explicit cost, which is particularly  useful for local development of skills, especially in economically disadvantaged  regions. It includes a table on "Licence fee relative to GDP/capita", concluding  that the share of licence fees in the total cost of ownership of proprietary  software is much higher than in high labour cost countries.

Dhttp://firstmonday.org/issues/issue8_12/ghosh/inde x.html


Open Source and the Voluntary Sector

Developed by: Openflows, Networks ltd. Type of resource: Web article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Topics covered in this report include Advantages of Open Source Software,  Case Studies of NGOs Using OSS, Open Source Packages and Support Using Open  Source Software. While the report has a Canadian focus it will also be useful to  readers in other countries.

Dhttp://www.openflows.org/article.pl?sid=03/05/29/1 349220


Open Source in Developing Countries

Developed by: SIDA Type of resource: PDF file Target  audience: General Cost: Free access

This 2004 report by SIDA looks at the open source phenomenon in general, and  as it relates to developing countries in particular.

Dhttp://www.sida.org/sida/jsp/sida.jsp?d=118&a=3055 &searchWords=open%2520source&language=en_US


Open source is on the map

Developed by: Dan McQuillan Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Open source software is making inroads into the voluntary sector. Dan  McQuillan of Lasa’s Information Systems Team and the Multikulti project  highlights the potential, the pitfalls and gives some proposals for the future. 

Dhttp://www.lasa.org.uk/cgi-bin/publisher/display.c gi?1427-10103-12611+computanews


Open Source Software: Perspectives for Development

Developed by: Paul Dravis Type of resource: PDF  file Target audience: General Cost: Free access

infoDev-supported report aimed at decision makers.

Dhttp://www.infodev.org/symp2003/publications/OpenS ourceSoftware.pdf


Using Open Source Software in Your Nonprofit Organization

Developed by: Dot Org Issue #11 Type of resource: Web  guide Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This article looks at the strategic issues for non-profits in using open  source software.

Dhttp://lstech.org/resource_lib/software/open_sourc e/Using_OSS_NPO.html


Open Source - Open source  for education

Collaborative development of open content: A process model to unlock the  potential for African universities

Developed by: First Monday Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This article, by Derek Keats of the University of the Western Cape in South  Africa, looks at "lessons learned from open source software development and uses  these lessons to build the foundations of a process model for the collaborative  development of open content." Although written within the context of higher  education, the article discusses issues relating to open source and open content  which will be of use to a wider audience.

Dhttp://firstmonday.org/issues/issue8_2/keats/


Easy Linux Introductory Guide to Computers

Developed by: Victor van Reijswoud, Mulo Emmanuel, Alex Mbaziira  Type of resource: PDF file Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This pilot manual is a guide for basic computer literacy - how to turn on a  computer and what the different hardware and software elements are - as well as  an introduction to common FOSS programmes including navigation and email tools,  OpenOffice.org Writer and Calc. The manual overcomes barriers to learning by  including a lot of visuals and very little text. It has been pilot-tested with  remote NGOs and school children in Uganda.

Dhttp://www.eacoss.org/dmdocuments/Guide_to_compute r_literacy_V3.2.pdf


Free/Open Software for Education

Developed by: International Open Source Network, UNDP Asia Pacific  Development Information Programme Type of resource: PDF  file Target audience: General Cost: Free access

The International Open Source Network, an initiative of the United Nations  Development Programme, has produced a 48-page primer on 'Free/Open Source  Software and Education', which is now available for free public download. The  primer is intended to help policy-makers and decision-makers understand the  potential use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in education. Topics  covered include where and how FOSS can be used, why it should be used, and what  issues are involved. The officials in ministries of education, school and  university administrators, academic staff and researchers should find the primer  particularly useful, according to the project. The primer site features a  discussion forum for feedback and case studies for input into future  versions.

Dhttp://www.iosn.net/education/foss-education-prime r/fossPrimer-Education.pdf


Lessons from Open Source: Intellectual Property and Courseware

Developed by: Jan Newmarch / First Monday Type of resource: Web article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

"In this competitive age, universities are seeking ways to protect their  intellectual property, for fear that it might be stolen or used by others  without financial benefit coming back to the university. Increasingly,  universities are using mechanisms of secrecy to secure their property. This  paper argues that this approach is wrong on both moral and business grounds, and  that a better model can be found in the Open Source movement of the software  industry."

This article, although mainly concerned with tertiary education, offers  insights which apply to training materials more generally.

 

Dhttp://www.firstmonday.dk/issues/issue6_6/newmarch /


Moodle

Developed by: Moodle project Type of resource: Software Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free  access

Moodle is an open source course management system designed to help educators  create quality online courses, based on principles of social constructionist  pedagogy.

Dhttp://moodle.org/


SchoolForge

Developed by: SchoolForge Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free  access

Schoolforge's mission is to unify independent organizations that advocate,  use, and develop open resources for primary and secondary education. Schoolforge  is intended to empower member organizations to make open educational resources  more effective, efficient, and ubiquitous by enhancing communication, sharing  resources, and increasing the transparency of development. Schoolforge members  advocate the use of open source and free software, open texts and lessons, and  open curricula for the advancement of education and the betterment of humankind.  The SchoolForge web site

Dhttp://schoolforge.net/


SEUL/edu

Developed by: SEUL/edu Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free  access

SEUL/edu is dedicated to furthering the use of Linux and other open resources  in education. This covers all aspects of educational uses of Linux, by teachers,  parents, and students.

Dhttp://www.seul.org/edu/


Open Source - Open source  for libraries

Koha

Developed by: Koha Type of resource: Software Target  audience: Information intermediaries Cost: Free access

The Koha open source library system is a full catalogue, OPAC, circulation,  member management and acquisitions package.

Dhttp://www.koha.org/


Open Source Software and Libraries Bibliography

Developed by: Brenda Chawner Type of resource: Online  bibliography Target audience: General, Information  intermediaries Cost: Free access

This bibliography has been compiled by Brenda Chawner, School of Information  Management, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, as part of her Ph.D.  studies. This is the first version, and it includes announcements, journal  articles, and web documents that are about open source software development in  libraries. It also includes articles that describe specific open source  applications used in libraries, in particular Koha, Greenstone, and  MyLibrary.

Dhttp://www2.vuw.ac.nz/staff/brenda_chawner/biblio. html 


Open Source - Case studies  and examples

Greenpeace Southeast Asia Moves to Free Software

Developed by: Linux Journal Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This short article by Fred Noronha reports on Greenpeace's use of open source  software.

Dhttp://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=6598


Human rights groups using Martus

Developed by: Martus Type of resource: Web  page Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Martus is a software tool that allows users to document incidents of human  rights abuse by creating bulletins and uploading them to servers located around  the world. This article includes NGO case studies from Sri Lanka, Philippines,  Guatemala, and Russia.

Dhttp://www.martus.org/resources/case_studies.shtml


Open Source Software: Case studies examining its use

Developed by: The Dravis Group Type of resource: PDF  file Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Case studies of open source implementation in situations as diverse as the US  postal service and rural India. Key research findings of the study are that 

  • Cost is a significant factor driving adoption 
  • Control and flexibility are considered benefits as well 
  • Implementation of open solutions is evolutionary, not revolutionary 
  • Open source extends across the entire software stack 
  • Product support is not a significant concern 
  • Open standards may be more important that open source

 

Dhttp://www.dravisgroup.com/HTML/documents/OpenSour ce-WB.pdf


Open Source - Linux

User Guide to Using the Linux Desktop

Developed by: International Open Source Network Type of  resource: Web guide Target audience: General Cost: Free  access

Introductory user guide to PCs running the Linux operating system. The main  aim is to provide a self-learning guide on how to use a modern Linux desktop  system. It assumes that the user has no prior knowledge of Linux or PC  usage.

Dhttp://www.iosn.net/training/end-user-manual/


GNU/Linux on old hardware

Developed by: Polishlinux Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This article by Borys Musielak looks at the main issues relating to running  Linux on older hardware.

Dhttp://polishlinux.org/choose/linux-on-old-hardwar e/


Linux: pre-installation tips

Developed by: ZDNet Australia Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

"No matter which Linux distribution you choose, there are at least 10 things  you need to do properly to prepare the operating system for day-to-day use."  This ZDNet guide looks at ten key tasks you should perform when you first  install Linux.

Dhttp://www.zdnet.com.au/insight/software/soa/Linux _Pre_installation_tips/0,39023769,39226014,00.htm


LinuxChix

Developed by: LinuxChix.org Type of resource: Web site and  mailing lists. Target audience: General, Women Cost: Free  access

Aimed primarily at women, the LinuxChix community offers mailing lists,  annotated links to resources, and free online courses. "Men are also welcome -  the only real rule is that the participants must be polite and helpful."

Dhttp://www.linuxchix.org/


LiveCD List

Developed by: FrozenTech Type of resource: Web  directory Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Linux "LiveCDs" are bootable CDs/DVDs of a Linux distribution. FrozenTech's  LiveCD List provides an extensive list of LiveCDs and their primary functions  (e.g. general desktop, education, security).

Dhttp://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php


Painless Linux

Developed by: TECHWR-L Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Although aimed primarily at writers, this article by Bruce Byfield offers a  good general introduction to Linux for people from non-technical  backgrounds.

Dhttp://www.techwr-l.com/techwhirl/magazine/technic al/linux.html


Table of equivalents / replacements / analogs of Windows software in  Linux

Developed by: Nesov Artem / Valery V. Kachurov Type of  resource: Web page Target audience: General Cost: Free  access

This table lists Windows/Linux equivalents for the major categories of  software.

Dhttp://www.linuxrsp.ru/win-lin-soft/table-eng.html


Open  Source - Office productivity and project management

Tutorials for Open Office

Developed by: Tutorials for Open Office Type of resource: Web site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Web site with free learning tutorials on installing OpenOffice and using  OpenOffice applications. Concise and brief instructions for self-learners and  teachers.

Dhttp://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/


OpenOffice.org

Developed by: OpenOffice.org Type of resource: Software Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Open Source office productivity suite.

Dhttp://www.openoffice.org/


OpenOffice.org Forum

Developed by: OpenOffice.org Forum Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Discussion boards including Oo Setup and Troubleshooting ; OOo Writer;  OpenOffice.org Calc; OOo Impress; OOo Draw and OOo Math. A great place to get  your questions answered.

Dhttp://www.oooforum.org/


Microsoft PowerPoint versus OpenOffice.org Impress

Developed by: Bruce Byfield Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This article looks at the similarities and differences you can expect when  moving over from Microsoft PowerPoint to OpenOffice.org Impress.

Dhttp://www.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=04/12/02/1 544200


MMTK OpenOffice.org training materials

Developed by: APC Type of resource: PDF files and  OpenOffice.org files Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free access

This workshop kit offers materials which trainers can use as the basis of  face-to-face workshops. Topics covered include OpenOffice.org Writer and  OpenOffice.org Impress.

Dhttp://www.itrainonline.org/itrainonline/mmtk/open source.shtml


MS Word 2000 and OpenOffice.org 1.03

Developed by: Bruce Byfield Type of resource: PDF  file Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Table comparing MS Word and OpenOffice.org Writer features and commands; also  useful as a quick reference for users who have just moved over to Writer.

Dhttp://www.techwr-l.com/techwhirl/pdfs/ooo-msword- table.pdf


Opening Up to OpenOffice.org: Finding an Alternative to Microsoft  Word

Developed by: TECHWR-L Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This article by Bruce Byfield will be particularly useful for advanced MS  Word users who are considering moving over to OpenOffice.org Writer.

Dhttp://www.techwr-l.com/techwhirl/magazine/technic al/openofficewriter.html


The wide world of Linux word processors

Developed by: Jem Matzan Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This article compares the main word processors - both open source and  proprietary - available for GNU/Linux, and looks at what you need to take into  account when choosing a word processor.

Dhttp://www.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=04/12/02/1 544200


Editor's choice: Taming OpenOffice.org  Writer

Developed by: Jean Weber Type of resource: PDF  file Target audience: General Cost: Fee

A comprehensive guide to using the OpenOffice word processing software,  including tips for moving from MSWord to OpenOffice. The guide is "shareware",  which means that you can download it free of charge, but you should pay a small  fee to the developer if you decide to keep it.

Dhttp://www.taming-openoffice-org.com/writer/wpayme .htm


The KOffice Project

Developed by: K development team Type of resource: Office  suite Target audience: General Cost: Free access

KOffice is a free, integrated office suite for KDE, the K Desktop  Environment.

Dhttp://www.koffice.org/


Open Source - Content  management

APC ActionApps

Developed by: APC Type of resource: Content management  software Target audience: General Cost: Free access

The ItrainOnline site is driven by ActionApps, an Open Source content  management system developed by APC.

Dhttp://www.apc.org/actionapps/english/


Drupal

Developed by: Drupal Type of resource: Software  tool Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Drupal is an open-source platform and content management system for building  dynamic web sites offering a broad range of features and services including user  administration, publishing workflow, discussion capabilities, news aggregation,  metadata functionalities using controlled vocabularies and XML publishing for  content sharing purposes.

Dhttp://drupal.org/project/drupal


opensourceCMS

Developed by: opensourceCMS Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This site lets you try out various content management systems (CMS) without  having to install them on your local machine first. It also has guidelines to  assist in the selection of CMSs for various purposes.

Dhttp://www.opensourcecms.com/


The Scout Portal Toolkit

Developed by: The Internet Scout Project Type of resource: Software Target audience: General Cost: Free access

"The Scout Portal Toolkit (SPT) allows groups or organizations that have a  collection of knowledge or resources they want to share via the World Wide Web  to put that collection online without making a big investment in technical  resources or expertise." The tools require a web server with PHP 4.0.6 and MySQL  3.23 or later, and Linux system administration skills.

Dhttp://scout.wisc.edu/Projects/SPT/


Back-End - A Bilingual Content Management System

Developed by: OpenConcept Consulting Type of resource: Software Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Back-End is a bilingual, open source CMS built on the PHP scripting language  and the MySQL database. Back-End is particularly aimed at advocacy  organisations, and includes a suite of tools that allow you to create and manage  polls and petitions.

Dhttp://www.back-end.org/


Open Source -  Miscellaneous sources of software

AVG Free for Linux

Developed by: Grisoft Type of resource: Software Target audience: General Cost: Free access

AVG Free for Linux is the Linux desktop version of the popular AVG Free  antivirus tool. Although Linux viruses are less prevalent than viruses targeting  Windows, Linux is not immune to malware threats, and as the use of Linux grows  the risks increase.

Dhttp://free.grisoft.com/doc/1


David A. Wheeler’s Generally Recognized as Mature (GRAM) OSS/FS  programs

Developed by: David A. Wheeler Type of resource: Web  page Target audience: General Cost: Free access

A categorized short list of the most well established open source  applications. Scroll down to “4. GRAM List”.

Dhttp://www.dwheeler.com/gram.html 


Freshmeat

Developed by: Open Source Development Network, Inc. Type of  resource: Web site Target audience: General Cost: Free  access

Lists thousands of open source software projects covering a full range of  functions, environments and stages of maturity.

Dhttp://freshmeat.net/


GNUWin

Developed by: GNUWin Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

GNUWin II is a free software compilation for Windows which includes software,  articles and online help.

Dhttp://gnuwin.epfl.ch/en/index.html


Open Source Software for Windows

Developed by: TechSoup Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This article by Joe Cancilla provides an overview of places to start to look  for Open Source software for Windows.

Dhttp://techsoup.org/howto/articlepage.cfm?ArticleI d=523


OSdir.com

Developed by: O'Reilly Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Directory of stable open source applications for various platforms and  functions.

Dhttp://osdir.com/ 


The OpenCD

Developed by: OpenCD Type of resource: Web site  (downloadable CD content) Target audience: General Cost: Free access

15 open source programs for Windows. The programs are divided into six  categories: office, Internet, multimedia, utilities, games, and education.

Dhttp://theopencd.sunsite.dk/


Open Source - Open content

Creative Commons

Developed by: Creative Commons Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

The Creative Commons initiative, based at Stanford Law School "is devoted to  expanding the range of creative work available for others to build upon and  share." Creative Commons offers a set of licences to help you share your work  with others while retaining copyright.

Dhttp://creativecommons.org/


Editor\'s choice: \"Copyright, copyleft and everything in between\': A  multimedia curriculum on copyright alternatives in South Africa

Developed by: The Learning Commons Type of resource: website and downloadable executable file to save to CD Target  audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free access

The Learning Commons technology collective offers this downloadable file on  open content in South Africa. Written by Kerryn McKay and Heather Ford and  animated by Phillipa Moore from Paraffin Interactive, these animated materials  offer a fascinating glimpse into the history of copyright, the impact of  copyright and technology on local culture and indigenous knowledge, and new  alternatives to copyright that enable you to freely copy and redistribute  royalty-free content on the internet. Available in multi-media CDRom with  printed booklets for facilitators, the tool is geared toward Grade 9 students in  South Africa. In \'Copyright and left\' learners engage in interactive games  throughout the CDRom, and can take part in fun and challenging group work in  order to apply the knowledge that they have learned. The final assignment will  demonstrate the learners\' abilities to successfully combine the themes of the  curriculum by developing a website for their peers on copyright and its  alternatives.

Dhttp://www.learningcommons.co.za

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