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Five reasons to use Open Source Software

June 30th, 2013 by Graham Attwell

With growing concerns over the Prism programmes spying on services offered by social software providers, there seems recently to have been somewhat of an resurgence in interest in Open Source Software in education. This excellent short video by Doug Belshaw from the Mozilla Foundation provides five compelling reasons to consider using Open Source Software. Doug used Mozilla Popcorn Maker to add text, something I have been meaning to have a look at for a long time. I also liked how he moved round his house for each section of the video, much more interesting than the usual head and shoulders production.

3 Responses to “Five reasons to use Open Source Software”

  1. When one takes the DMCA, Microsoft, Adobe, the RIAA, and the MPAA and puts it all together, we end up with an America that is as far from freedom as one could imagine. Everyday our freedom of choice, expression, speech, thought, and press are attacked surreptitiously by organizations that criminalize sharing freely information that is deemed “protected” for commercial exploitation.
    Is there any reason that one should have to shell out $300 for Windows Vista when free, open source alternatives exist (even if buy a system without Windows, the manufacturer must make up the cost of the lost sale to Microsoft!)
    Is there any reason you shouldn’t be allowed to make as many copies of your movies, music, software, etc. as you need to safely protect your data, besides the fact that doing so (even legally) is assumed to be “piracy” and you are punished by restrictive DRM systems that assume your are doing wrong?
    These are real issues that affect everyone, and we must fight back for our freedoms!

  2. Leia says:

    I like it. Nicely produced and explains well. Just added it with a few discussion starter questions into my Moodle for the software installation unit of my apprentices NVQs!

  3. Doug Belshaw says:

    Thanks all! Much appreciated. 🙂

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