Charity for Free and Open Source Software
Free, Open Source Software and Charity
January 22, 2018
What is Free Software?
- The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0).
- The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
- The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
- The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this."
Examples of Tools based on Free and Open Source Software
Most of the operating systems in servers and mobile phones across the world are based on Free and Open Source Software. Most web browsers, like Mozilla and Chrome are based on open source, along with database systems like MySQL and Postgres. These software tools have created a large amount of wealth for users who cannot afford paid software and are a key driver of the low cost of mobile phones.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of tools based on Free and Open Source Software:
- Linux Operating System
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
- MacOS and iOS (based on BSD)
- Libre Office
What is ERPNext?
- Increase Data accuracy
- Increase Transparency
- Provide businesses clarity on what they owe to stakeholders like customers, suppliers, employees, government, public, etc.
Why need of charitable organization?
How non profit funds the software and helps community in general?
- Employ required resources and pay them for their time and effort.
- Organize training events to improve skills
- Country specific software requirements are to be funded on priority to make software useful for small businesses. e.g. GST Readiness for India led to opportunity of Readiness for GCC VAT.
- Encourage and provide technical guidance to contributors
- Interact with community through events and online forums
- Conduct meetings and conferences to encourage participation
- Businesses prefer to voluntarily pool funds to develop essential features through non profit to keep them free for everyone