An Open Source Primer

An Open Source Primer

Brian Still (Texas Tech University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-521-4.ch013
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This chapter serves as an introductory overview of Open Source Software (OSS) and the Open Source movement. It is geared primarily for technical communicators. To provide a thorough overview, this chapter defines OSS, explains how OSS works in comparison to proprietary software, looks at the history of OSS, and examines OSS licensing types, applications in business, and overall strengths and weaknesses when compared to proprietary software. Lastly, it evaluates the practical potential of OSS as well as emerging and future trends relating to it. From this general but thorough overview the intended audience of technical communicators will gain the solid understanding needed to work successfully in an academic or professional environment where OSS continues to grow in popularity, spurring more organizations to rely on it or the Open Source ideas that have inspired and continue to drive its creation and growth.

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David Blakesley
Kirk St.Amant
Kirk St.Amant
Chapter 1
Mark D. Hawthorne
Technology and society are inevitably intertwined. As a result, changes in one affect the other, often in new and unexpected ways. This chapter... Sample PDF
Forty Years with Computer Technology: A Personal Remembrance of Things Past
Chapter 2
Wendy Warren Austin
This chapter proposes that composition instructors focus less on the technical aspects of having students get Web pages published and more on... Sample PDF
Hypertext Theory and Web Writing Assignments in the Writing and Professional Communication Classroom
Chapter 3
Stacey L. Connaughton, Brent D. Ruben
Technology, communication, leadership, and work processes are inextricably linked in contemporary organizations. An understanding of these topics... Sample PDF
Millennium Leadership Inc.: A Case Study of Computer and Internet-Based Communication in a Simulated Organization
Chapter 4
Shawn McIntosh
Traditional classroom environments can benefit from using asynchronous computer-mediated communication (CMC) such as an online discussion group... Sample PDF
Expanding the Classroom: Using Online Discussion Forums in College and Professional Development Courses
Chapter 5
Timothy D. Giles
A listserv can help to create a sense of community in a technical communication classroom. After reviewing relevant literature from Composition... Sample PDF
Creating Community in the Technical Communication Classroom
Chapter 6
Melody Bowdon
Today small businesses, public schools, local governments, universities, international conglomerates, and nonprofit agencies all feel the pressure... Sample PDF
Virtual Networks: Mapping Community-Based Collaboration and Professional Writing
Chapter 7
Rhonna J. Robbins-Sponaas, Jason Nolan
This chapter defines, describes, and assesses the form of collaborative virtual learning environment known as MOOs. MOOs offer opportunities... Sample PDF
MOOs: Polysynchronous Collaborative Virtual Environments
Chapter 8
Julia Lavid
Currently, there are three possible teaching scenarios: conventional, lecture-based teaching; Web-managed teaching where lectures have been removed... Sample PDF
Developing a Web-Based Course for the Conventional English Grammar Classroom: Issues in Planning and Design
Chapter 9
Mark R. Freiermuth
In this chapter, we examine the ways in which the Internet was used to run a case study-based, decision-making simulation in an academic writing... Sample PDF
A Bridge to the Workplace: Using an Internet-Based Simulation in the Writing Classroom
Chapter 10
Jo Mackiewicz
This chapter analyzes the “state of the art” of OWLs, or online writing labs. It reports the results of a study of 343 OWLs that examined the extent... Sample PDF
The State of Online Writing Labs: Have They Fulfilled Their Potential?
Chapter 11
Amy Lee Locklear
This chapter explores some of the theoretical and pedagogical issues that emerged from a study of identity, collaboration, and discourse methods in... Sample PDF
Is This a Real Person? A Tutor's Response to Navigating Identity in the Spaces of a Synchronous Electronic Writing Center
Chapter 12
Nancy A. Wiencek
This chapter discusses the emergence of telework or telecommuting and the need to rethink professional communication practices for this remote... Sample PDF
Telework: A Guide to Professional Communication Practices
Chapter 13
An Open Source Primer  (pages 278-298)
Brian Still
This chapter serves as an introductory overview of Open Source Software (OSS) and the Open Source movement. It is geared primarily for technical... Sample PDF
An Open Source Primer
Chapter 14
John Logie
This chapter posits a widening gap between workplace writing practices and traditional composition pedagogies. In particular, this chapter suggests... Sample PDF
Cut and Paste: Remixing Composition Pedagogy for Online Workspaces
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