Open-source software has made it to the big leagues, though at one time, it was only well known among programmers and tech-savvy people. Open-Source Revolution (Enhanced DVD) offers a glimpse into how the open-source movement began with an idea to make the internet more user-friendly. Purchased software programs were once the in thing, but a lot has changed since most of the popular applications have been made free through open-source software.
Open-source software is:
Free to use
Free to copy
Free to modify
In the video, Richard Stallman discusses his role in the Free Software Foundation. Students explore the open-source movement from its fledgling days to the present. A well-rounded line-up of open-source tools are introduced and their usefulness to business and education are examined. The importance of Linux and GIMP in connection with open-source software going mainstream is discussed. Open Office is a noteworthy word processing program spoken of highly, while Firefox is a well-known open-source web browser recognized by a wide variety of people.