Choosing and Using Free and Open Source Software – new guide available
Tuesday, October 9th, 2007
Many organisations and charities are increasingly becoming interested in free and open source software (also known as ‘Foss’) and wanting to learn about the benefits it can bring to their organisation. But where do you go to find out more, understand what it all means and discover what is available to your group?
Nosi, the Nonprofit Open Source Initiative has launched its new primer for nonprofit organisations – Choosing and Using Free and Open Source Software. An essential guide which helps groups to understand more about open source technology.
On the Nosi website introduction to the primer guide, it says that:
- case-studies of nonprofits of various sizes that are using open source software,
- a process for evaluating whether or not open source is right for an organisation,
- a live feed of Social Source Commons FOSS toolkits
- and useful resources and information.
Written primarily in non-technical language, the Primer is accessible to a wide audience, including nonprofit managers with little hands-on technical expertise.”
The guide can be read on the Nosi website or downloaded for reading later. One of the features that I like about the guide is that it is presented in an understandable language, includes lots of helpful information and lists useful links to organisations that can support with training and support for your organisation.
Good to see my friends at M6-IT listed there too!
There are also exciting developments taking place here in the UK in this area too, with circuit rider projects developing support for Foss in the voluntary and community sector, and I hope to be reporting about those very soon.