These books serve as an introduction to various aspects and dimensions of free/open source software (FOSS) issues, including, FOSS in education, FOSS and government policy, localization, open standards and licensing.
FOSS is software that can be used, copied, studied, modified and redistributed without restriction. It provides a framework for the usage and sharing of intellectual capital in a way that is applicable to many areas of development. The adoption of FOSS presents opportunities for industry and capacity development, software piracy reduction, and localization and customization for diverse cultural and development needs.
These books are donated by the International Open Source Network (IOSN) and the UNDP Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme (UNDP-APDIP) and are located on Wikibooks:Computer software bookshelf.
IOSN is an initiative of UNDP-APDIP and supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. IOSN aims to promote the adoption of FOSS, open standards and open content for sustainable human development in the Asia-Pacific region. It is a network with a small secretariat based at the UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok and three centres of excellence – IOSN ASEAN+3, IOSN PIC (Pacific Island Countries), and IOSN South Asia, based in Manila, Suva and Chennai respectively.
These books are originally part of the e-Primer on Free/Open Source Software Series.
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