The Open Source site to know about when looking for viable alternatives to proprietary software - help diminish the Digital Divide by advocating OSS/FS and learning about low-cost or cost-free alternatives
Some basic concepts must be clear. One, software begins as a human-readable code that programmers develop. Two, this human-readable source code is then compiled into a binary format, the "language" that the computer's CPU can understand and execute. Three, the binary version of the code is the one that proprietary vendors sell, hiding the human-readable source code from users. Four, the Open Source community provides both the binary and the readable source code, so the user can learn, modify and adapt the code to her needs.
What this means is that FOSS provides use, knowledge and generally a free product, while proprietary software provides use, but no knowledge of what different parts of the code do, and no way to correct, modify or update the code you paid for rented?.
There are hundreds of links and references in the right hand column, and vital topics are presented on the main pages. Please scroll to find out why OPEN SOURCE is such a worthy worldwide phenomena.
The What are iK-16 Clusters posting is an explanation of how low-cost thin clients networked with a "green" Linux server can can make the ideal classroom clusters a reality, all for a very reasonable cost.
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Let's Talk About Open Source is the page to go to to read and post about OS topics. Arguments for/against Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) are discussed. Look in here to avoid the usual stereotypes.
The Right Tool contains Open Source equivalents of common proprietary & commecial software. This is the "I wonder if there is a [nn] equivalent"