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Open Source Software

The Open Source Software Initiative (OSI) web site defines the meaning of the term, Open Source, and outlines the activities and purpose of the OSI non-profit corporation. Visit the Open Source Software Initiative site for more information.

Is Open Source software the same as Free software? Learn more about the criteria for the "Free" designation at the GNU site, and at the Free Software site.


Software Examples
  1. Asterisk PBX — Asterisk is the world's leading open source PBXi, telephony engine, and telephony applications toolkit. Offering flexibility unheard of in the world of proprietary communications, Asterisk empowers developers and integrators to create advanced communication solutions...for free.
    1. Asterisk page on pqlug
  2. Firefox — Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite, managed by the Mozilla Corporation.
  3. GIMP — the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
  4. OpenOffice.org — OpenOffice.org is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Operating System Examples

Debian Linux
Debian Linux
Debian is a free operating system (OS) for your computer. An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run. Debian uses the Linux kernel (the core of an operating system), but most of the basic OS tools come from the GNU project; hence the name GNU/Linux.
Ubuntu Linux
Ubuntu Linux
Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.


Need more linux versions? Try Distro Watch, and you can get CDs from Parksville's own Linux CD Shop.

Created by nanalin. Last Modification: Tuesday 08 of September, 2009 15:19:36 GMT by admin.