“Socially Responsible Software”

Ubuntu is an open source operating system developed on a collaborative/Wiki basis which makes an ideal replacement for Windows XP. I will explain how it works, what programs are available, and hope to have disks to give out. Ubuntu and open source software are developed by professionals and amateurs to promote computer usage and literacy. Ubuntu is mainly used as the operating system for low cost and older computers distributed in third world countries to help educate children and improve the lives of the poor. Open source software is application software with the same mission. The idea is to distribute capable software for free or very low cost to everyone. Open source software is often referred to as “free” software not because of its price but because the source code is available to everyone. The “free” refers to freedom because the source code isn’t owned as intellectual property.

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