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Open Source Software and the Invisible Revolution PROCEEDINGS

, Wagner College, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

While many educators are familiar with proprietary software like Microsoft Internet Explorer, Word, and Adobe Acrobat, few are aware of the subtle and pervasive presence of open source software (OSS). OSS is a technology and social movement where legions of computer programmers collaborate to produce software products with transparent code. Although there are more than 130,000 OSS projects available online, only about 200 are active. In the last decade, these active projects have stealthily permeated nearly every facet of computer technologies fueling a global technology revolution. In education, OSS delivers a cost-effective solution to managing servers, operating personal computer systems, browsing the Internet, managing courses, providing software applications, and facilitating social networks.

Citation

Stuckart, D. (2007). Open Source Software and the Invisible Revolution. In R. Carlsen et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2007 (pp. 1690-1694). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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