Digital Survival - Free and Open Source (FOSS) en Software applications <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img style="float: right;" src="/sites/" alt="" width="220" height="314" />Software applications are designed to help you perform a particular task. Typical examples of this are 'word processors', such as Microsoft Word or OpenOffice Writer, 'email clients' such as Outlook or Thunderbird, and 'photo editors' such as Adobe Photoshop or GIMP. Essentially software can be classed in two categories: either Free and Open Source (FOSS) or Proprietary. The most important difference between the two, for our purposes, is legality. It is illegal to copy proprietary software, while FOSS software can be copied freely and legally.</p> <p>Some examples of proprietary software: </p> <ul><li>Adobe Photoshop </li> <li>Microsoft Office </li> <li>Internet Explorer </li> <li>iTunes </li> </ul><p>Some examples of FOSS software:</p> <ul><li>Firefox – web-browser that is considered to be very stable and secure. </li> <li>GIMP – a Graphics Image Manipulation Programme that is an alternative to Photoshop. </li> <li>OpenOffice – a suite of programmes which includes a text editor, spreadsheets, presentation software and database. </li> <li>VLC – a media player </li> </ul><p class="callout">Be very wary about installing 'shareware' or 'freeware'. These are small applications that are available via the internet. They have the potential to clutter up your system, and may also change your system without warning. These applications are often referred to as 'Malware' because of the damage they can do.</p> <p>Things to remember about any software before installing it:</p> <ul><li>Is it legal? </li> <li>Is it from a trusted source? Will it harm your system? </li> <li>Do you really need it, or will it just clutter up your computer?</li> </ul></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Free and Open Source (FOSS)</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/70" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Firefox</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/71" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">GIMP</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/72" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">VLC</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/69" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Internet Explorer</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/67" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">word processors</a></div></div></div> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 12:34:07 +0000 katie 13 at