FOSS & You - Why it should matter to you

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Published on March 2, 2014

Author: BohemianAnarchy



Why free & open source software movement (FOSS) should matter to you (as a student) .

Presented at the inauguration of "Firefox Club STES" :

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FOSS YOU Tripad Mishra Mozillian/FSA

Free & Open-Source Software The ideology behind FOSS

Freedom to

COPY & DISTRIBUTE use software for any purpose without any restrictions Image Credit: Grant Hutchinson Source:

Study How the software works Image Credit: Ines Seidel Source:

Change & Improve Fix, Improve, adapt, remix … as you want! Image Credit: Phillipa W. Source:

Why everyone loves FOSS

THE OBVIOUS LIST • Lower Cost • No “Lock-in” • Easy to adapt & modify • Privacy, Security & Trust And many more reasons BUT… THE BIGGEST REASON IS


SOME NUMBERS “The Mozilla Community consists of over 40,000 active contributors from across the globe” “Each weekday there are over 20,000 issues, 50,000 comments, and 250,000 pushes on repositories maintained by contributors all over the world.”

But why should it matter to me ?

PRACTICAL LEARNING Play, break, fix, fork, patch and learn with the code Source:

RECOGNITION Your code is your resume. Source:

BEYOND CODE Many other areas like localization, support, etc. that you contribute in. Source:

NETWORKING Meeting some of smartest people in the world

FROM IDEA TO GREATNESS Your “simple” idea can be transformed into an AWESOME product Source:

About Mozilla • Non-profit • Promotes innovation, participation & openness • Open Web and transparency

• Mozilla believes that web is a public resource for Innovation and Opportunity where we can build our dreams • Mozilla also believes that web is an asset of the people and want the power of web to be in peoples hand • Mozilla is fighting to have an Open Web • Mozilla Believes in Transparent community-based processes promote participation, accountability and trust. • Read the full Mozilla Manifesto



Thank You

Tripad Mishra

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