Copyright, Software licenses, FOSS, and Commercial Software
BBC Bitesize has a copyright quiz
which works well as a lesson starter or introduction to the topic of software licences and copyright. Open source vs commercial apps: the differences that matter
(ZDNET) and Windows, Linux and Mac - A comparison
discuss some of the fundamental issues related to commercial and open source software.
ITGS students sometimes tend to focus on the 'no cost' (gratis) aspect of FOSS, ignoring the benefits of the 'free as in freedom' (libre) approach to software development. Why companies must adopt the open source way
(BBC) does a good job of explaining these benefits.
Students sometimes mistakenly believe FOSS is 'trial' or 'simple' software, or that it lacks features compared to commercial software. Open source question for schools
(BBC) asks whether schools can make significant budget savings by going open source. Met Office says open source is 'backbone of our operations'
(Computer Weekly) and Home Office saves £10m by opting for open source
(Computer Weekly) should help students understand that very large organisations do make extensive use of free and open source software. NHS to embrace open source
explains the benefits the UK's National Health Service hopes to derive from switching to open solutions.