Free and open source software, also F/OSS, FOSS, or FLOSS (free/libre/open source software) is software that is liberally licensed to grant the right of users to use, study, change, and improve its design through the availability of its source code. And without worrying about licensing and copyrights.
This means there is no per-seat licensing unlike proprietary software and you are free to install it on as many systems as you like. The “free” can be misleading for some and is actually intended to refer to the freedom to copy and re-use the software, rather than to the price of the software. The Free Software Foundation suggests that to understand the concept, one should “think of free as in free speech, not as in free beer”.
To promote FOSS and help non-profits using it, Sarai CSDS and Mahiti Bangalore are conducting an ICT Workshop with the following sessions:
- Introduction to FOSS
- How to install a Linux based operating system
- How to navigate the Linux desktop, using applications and installing software
- How to get help and support
- How to compute and communicate in a language of your choice
There is no workshop fee. Free lunch and snacks will be provided at venue.
Date: 18 and 19 May, 2010
Venue: Sarai, CSDS, New Delhi (Click for map)
Other specific sessions on FOSS will include:
More specific sessions:
- General office and internet applications
- Ubuntu Linux installation (hands-on)
- Creating blogs and Wikis
- Audio/Video editing tools (hands-on)
- Desktop publishing tools (hands-on)
- Google Apps
- New-age licensing concepts (Creative Commons etc)
- Migration to FOSS with minimal hassles
- Compatibility of FOSS software with proprietary ones
For further information and to participate, contact: