All are invited to unveil and join the potential of Open Source.
Free and Open Source Software Community is By the Community, For the Community, of the Community, To the Community on No Profit No Loss Basis
Why FOSS ( Facts and Figures)
Open Source Software, is and will always remain free . There is no license to pay to anybody. More than that, cost of ownership is very low because of:
* You don’t need expensive anti-virus software.
* You don’t need to maintain a license database.
* You don’t need to reinstall crashed/corrupted systems
* You don’t need to install expensive remote management software
* You can choose your operating system supplier (no monopoly)
* You can choose between various equivalent software (alternative solutions exists on Linux)
* You can adapt the system to your exact needs: you remain master of your software solution.
Along with these 4 more Freedoms:
* Freedom 1: The freedom to run the program for any purpose.
* Freedom 2: The freedom to study and modify the program.
* Freedom 3: The freedom to copy the program and distribute.
* Freedom 4: The freedom to improve the program & release new improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits.
Then Why Not FOSS so popular or in use ???
“It is a mistake often made in this country to measure things by the amount of money they cost.” Albert Einstein
FACTS AND FIGURES
Super Computers running on Open Source:
* The appropriately named Titan is a Cray XK7 powerhouse, producing 17.59 petaflops of performance using 560,640 AMD Opteron processor cores and 261,632 Nvidia K20x accelerators. It operates at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
* A supercomputer developed by Chinaâ€™s National University of Defense Technology, is the worldâ€™s new No. 1 system with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s on the Linpackbenchmark, according to the 41 stedition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the worldâ€™s most powerful supercomputers. The list was announced June 17 during the opening session of the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany.
Indian Context :
* Rahul De, Hewlett-Packard Chair Professor,IIM Bangalore , released a study on â€œEconomic Impact of FOSS in India (involved sample of 20 Organizations)-
* Estimated India could save Rs10,000 crore per year, if half the PCs sold in India come with FOSS
* Report Available at http://www.iimb.ernet.in/~rahulde/RD_FOSSRep2009.pdf******************************************
BOSS (Bharat Operating System Solutions) GNU/Linux distribution developed by C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) din all the Official Indian Languages such as Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Bodo, Urdu, Kashmiri, Maithili, Konkani, Manipuri which will enable the mainly non-English literate users in the country .
4,965 Schools in Punjab using BOSS Linux (installed on about 46,000 Machines) ***
* 2600 Schools in Haryana using BOSS Linux (installed on about 52,000 Machines) ***
* 15,000 Schools in Gujarat using BOSS Linux (installed on about 1.5 lakh Machines) ***
* Other States Kerala and Uttar pradesh are also using BOSS Linux ***
BOSS certified by Linux foundation, US.
*** [Source : http://epaper.hindustantimes.com/PUBLICATIONS/HT/HC/2011/09/15/ArticleHtmls/ht-SPECIAL-No-BOSS-15092011001020.shtml?Mode=1]
” Thousand of Developers in India are focused on Open Source Projects
* HP HAS Sponsored and initiated over 100 Open source Projects, over 2,000 open source printer drivers, over 200 open source tools, utilities, libraries and packages
” Go Ahead and copy our Software” says Red Hat CEO, After spending around US$100 Million on developing software, companies rarely let competitors clone and reproduce it, Companies like Apples, Samsung, LG, Windows and Google are investing a whole lot of energy and funds in fighting to protect their copyrights.
However, according to Red Hat CEO, Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat is one company that actually encourages cloning.
[Source: Open Source for You]
● To spread awareness about Open Source Software , Free Tools
● To enhance skills by conducting workshops on Open Source Software
●* To help in decreasing dependence on proprietary Software, thus saving financial resources
● To assist Researchers and to improve Technical Writing using Open Source
● To adopt Educational Institutions, Rural Areas with Open Source Support.