eGovernance in India

Improving eGovernance in INDIA

Open Source is a way of thinking, and a way of working.

Posted by egovindia on June 18, 2006

Tom Vincent <tom@imgsrc.co.jp> wrote:

To: bytesforall_readers@yahoogroups.com
From: Tom Vincent <tom@imgsrc.co.jp>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 04:53:03 +0900
Subject: Re: [bytesforall_readers] Me and OpenSource

Hi Pradeep

Open Source is a way of thinking, and a way of working. It originated
in the programming world, but is not limited to programming. The basic
idea is that for a development process – any process, like the
development of software, or of a product, or of a program of some kind
– the core elements, in other words the ''source", is available
("open") to a large group of people to contribute and participate.

A good example is your browser, and mine. You are using Internet
Explorer, which is developed entirely by Microsoft and Microsoft guard
its development process tightly so the public cannot see what is
happening, and cannot contribute.

Internet Explorer's biggest rival right now is Firefox. Firefox is
built on a system called Mozilla, which is an open source project
allowing programmers and developers everywhere and anywhere to take
part and contribute in the development process. (Mozilla was released
as open source in 1998 by Netscape, which was the other big browser at
that time, in competition with Microsoft)

As I said, open source is a way of thinking – and can be applied to
almost anything. There's even an open source cola,  OpenCola – which
publishes a cola drink recipe for anyone to use, attempting to defy the
secret brewing of cola giants Coke and Pepsi.

BUT. One very important thing to understand is that open source does
not mean 'free' (as in not requiring money in order to buy). Freeware
is a completely different thing. Some freeware has been developed using
an open source system, but there are plenty of commercial open source
projects too. But freeware is a commercial decision – to make some
software available for no charge – and has nothing to do with the
development process, or open source.

So, to answer the first 2 of your questions:

>  
>       1       Does programming have anything to do with open source?

Yes. Open source started in the programming world. But it is not
limited to programming.

>       2       Does an open source software provide graphic user interface?

There are many many different open source softwares out there. Some
with and some without graphic interfaces.

>       3       Where can I learn more about products offered under open source?
> (I mean offline and in Mumbai).

This one I can't help you with, I'm afraid. I'm sure someone on this
list will be able to help though.

Tom

On 2006年 5月 17日 , at 14:33, Pradeep Nair wrote:

> hi,
>     I'm just two weeks old on this mailing list and have to admit that
> I've read and heard of many things here to get me sufficiently
> interested in the field of open source and freeware.
>  
>     I'm not at all a Computers person. But, nowadays, I guess it's
> difficult to live without them. So, I do have internet at home, have
> Windows XP and Internet Explorer, which are not hot favourites to some
> of the people (or is it all?)on this list.
>  
>     I write because this interest generated by you has led me to ask a
> few questions. Please bear with me and please answer in a
> non-technical language, if that is possible.
>  
>       1       Does programming have anything to do with open source?
>       2       Does an open source software provide graphic user interface?
>       3       Where can I learn more about products offered under open source?
> (I mean offline and in Mumbai).
> Thank you for answering my questions(in advance). Hope to read more
> e-mails from your list in the future.
>  
> Regards,
> Pradeep
>  
> —-
> My Blog: http://pradeepnair.wordpress.com
> To get good news from India, go to http://www.goodnewsindia.com.
>  

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