What is Free and Open Source Software?
Submitted by richard on Tue, 2006-07-04 16:57.
Did you know the MediaShed is completely run using 'Free Open Source Software' (FOSS) and 'Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment' (WEEE)?
Across the world experts have been creating software for themselves and sharing it, free of charge. The sharing system ropes in other experts to fix bugs and make improvements. This software isn't amateurish or second-rate - a recent government study has concluded that Linux, the leading free “Open Source” operating system, is so efficient that it doubles the useful life of computers. High-tech companies have been using it for years – Google runs on Linux.
Free and Open Source Software (FOSS and OSS) is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve software. It is usually free in price and available on-line for download although some people charge for services or for additions to be made to the software.
What is Free Open Source Software and why is it so important?
Informal FOSS training is a major component of what we do at the MediaShed. We also host the Southend Linux Users Group who are great advocates for building networks out of trash computers and free software in their spare time. They hold regular Thursday evening sessions – so don't throw that old computer in a landfill site – come and recycle it into a new life.
The MediaShed creates an informal space for ICT training using FOSS. Participants can come and learn how to use FOSS software for their projects every Thursday to Saturday. We can help individuals and community groups turn waste electronic technologies into useful items for themselves or for their organisations. Anyone can propose a new free-media project or a training theme.