Usage Goal: Basic Skills in Using Open Source Software


This Goal is about using OSS and competences in using OSS. It covers technical ability and experience with OSS. Plus developing some understanding and awareness of OSS.


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Weighing The Hidden Costs Of Open SourceBased on an IBM-sponsored IDC report looking at OSS support costs.Web page
Top 5 Benefits of Open Source SoftwareSponsored blog, but still interesting, quick read.Web page
 101 Open Source Apps to Help your Business ThriveAn indicative list of business-oriented open source solutions.Web page
What is enterprise open source?The case for enterprise-ready open source (a Red Hat blog) Web page
Commercializing open sourceAn investor's view of the community to business evolution of open source projects.Web page
Emsi SkillsA database of detailed skills descriptions that helps improve management of skills assets and requirements. Web site
Emsi SkillsA database of detailed skills descriptions help you better manage skills assets and requirements. Web site
Top 10 open source development tools (tried and tested)Published in June 2021, this piece covers cover top open-source development tools.Web page
How to Develop a Talent Management Framework for Your Organization A quick introduction to the concept of talent management framework. The objective is to structure plans to meet the human capital and business needs within the organization. Web page
What is a Skills Inventory?A quick introduction with basic concepts by consulting firm Business Consulting Solutions LLC.Web page
5 Open Source Skills to Up Your Game and Your ResumeVery short piece from a 2017 survey of open source managers and professionals, focused on open source hiring by The Linux Foundation and online job board Dice. Web page
20 Best Open Source Automation Testing Tools in 2021This piece covers top open source automation testing tools in areas like automation & manual testing, functionality, regression, load, performance, stress & unit testing, web, mobile & desktop testing, etc.Web page
Open Source development scenarii explained with a cookie receipie sharing example, by Intel SoftwareOpen Source development, with features, branches, forks explained with Grandma May's cookie recipe sharing example.
Fun and made very easy to understand.
7 myths about open sourcing your company's softwareDebunking most common myths about open source adoption, by opensource.comWeb page
What is open source?An introduction to open source by opensource.comWeb page
Free and open-source softwareThe Wikipedia page on free and open source software.Web page
Introduction to OSSA rather dated introduction to OSS by IPR ACADEMYVideo
The Open Source DefinitionDefinition of open source by the Open Source InitiativeWeb page
Introduction to open source business modelsA broad overview of key OSS concepts. Key people, licenses, it even touches on open source hardware.Presentation

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General introduction

  • Macro benefits Technical, ...
  • Understand the main forces at work ???
  • Some high-profile use cases Plus examples of use within <company>
  • Philosophy of the Open Source initiators Create a worldwide asset (useless to re-invent the wheel, The distribution and dissemination of the Knowledge, A consequence of the importance of the Software asset is the Software heritage foundation that aims to protect this software asset (, It's important to understand these principles, otherwise people think that Open Source is just about downloading a free (zero cost) software, or making cost reduction.
  • License recognition bodies An Open Source  Software is a Software having a license recognized by the FSF or OSI. The other types of license are not considered as "Open Source" to prevent the "Open Washing"

Some definitions

  • Copyrights
  • Patents
  • License Agreement (contract vs. license copyright)

Business models introduction

  • Non-profit community-based, enterprise-based
  • For-profit enterprise-based