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March 2011

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Browsers

The browser wars between proprietary and open source browsers have changed in some ways from the days that it was simply Internet Explorer vs. Netscape. There are more players on both sides of the field, with some interesting complexities.On the proprietary side, still, sits Internet Explorer, now about ready to pop with version 9. It definitely depends on who is gathering the data, but IE has about 44% of the market. This is down significantly from its high point, back in the dark ages of 2005, when it garnered over 90%. It has been dropping steadily since.

Penguin Day, DC

Date: 20 March, 2011Location: Josephine Butler Center, Washington, DC USAEvent Details:Learn about Free and Open Source for nonprofits!Penguin Day is coming to Washington DC on Sunday, March 20, right after the NTC.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Desktop Productivity

LibreOffice (LO) is the fork of (OOo) that came after the acquisition of Sun (the old holder/maintainer of OOo) by Oracle. For the purposes of this blog entry, at this moment in time (early 2011,) LibreOffice and are the same. (funnily enough, for both packages, the executable is still called 'soffice' - for 'Star Office.')I've been using this tool since it actually was StarOffice, more than 10 years ago, when it was first open sourced by Sun in 2000.

Open Source vs. Proprietary: Overview

I decided that it was a good time to write a series about open source software options, and their comparisons to proprietary, in 2011, more than 12 years after this whole thing started. And I'll highlight where the comparisons are interesting and compelling, especially for nonprofit organizations.I'll write a series of posts, and cover the following topics: