F/OSS FAQ

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What is F/OSS?
From Wikipedia:
In computing, free and open source software, also F/OSS, FOSS, or FLOSS (for Free/Libre/Open Source Software) is software which is liberally licensed to grant the right of users to study, change, and improve its design through the availability of its source code. This approach has gained both momentum and acceptance as the potential benefits have been increasingly recognized by both individuals and corporate players.[1][2]

'F/OSS' is an inclusive term generally synonymous with both free software and open source software which describe similar development models, but with differing cultures and philosophies. 'Free software' focuses on the philosophical freedoms it gives to users and 'open source' focuses on the perceived strengths of its peer-to-peer development model. However many people relate to both aspects and so 'F/OSS' is a term that can be used without particular bias towards either camp.

Free software licenses and Open-source licenses are used by many software packages. The licenses have important differences, which mirror the differences in the ways the two kinds of software can be used and distributed and reflect differences in the philosophy behind the two.[3]

The F/OSS culture and F/OSS community stem from hacker culture

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FOSS

Why does QZAP use F/OSS?

At QZAP we use Free and Open Source Software because it's free.  Somewhat born out of necessity, but also because since the beginning of the project we've always wanted to make the tools that we use known and available to others so that they can create their own digital projects.

What software does QZAP use?
We use different tools on the server and on the desktop. 
On the server:
Debian Linux - Operating System
MySQL - Database
PHP - Scripting language
Joomla - Content management system
Gallery2 - image gallery system
Koha - ILS catalog

On The Desktop:
Ubuntu Linux
GIMP - Image editing software
XSANE - scanner software

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