Hello to all budding “techgeniuses” out there. This post is NOT a how-to for any super-cool techie-type skill, so everyone’s invited. This post IS however, a primer to a paradigm shift for any and all whom are interested in FOSS.
The first known use of the phrase free open source software(That’s the full meaning of FOSS, by the way)on Usenet was in a posting on 18 March 1998, just a month after the term open source itself was coined. FOSS would refer to an all inclusive category of free software(software created for free usage by any individual or corporate body) and open source software(which is also like free software, but also is licensed to grant the right of users to use, study, change, and improve its design through the availability of its source code).
Now I won’t be going into the expected tirade concerning history behind FOSS, adoption, popular trend and all that good stuff……. what I WILL do, over my next series of posts, will be to explain in detail what FOSS alternatives are available for all proprietary software categories currently in use by, well, us.
The categories I’ll go through will be in the following order:
Computer programming tools
Seems like a handful, eh? Well, no fears. With your encouragement(and help) we’ll all get to know what FOSS has in store for us.