Total Implementation of Free Open Source Software

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Total Implementation of Free Open Source Software in University of the Immaculate Conception: An Alternative Approach to a More Efficient Information Technology Education [pic]
A Research Proposal Presented to the Faculty of the
Information Technology Education Program
University of the Immaculate Conception
Fr. Selga St., Davao City
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In Partial Fulfilment of the
Academic Requirements for the Subject
IT RESEARCH METHODS
(ITELECT2)
By
Laude, Reoben
Mondejar, Jazzi Pierre
Valdeviezo, Kay Averil
Villamore, Arvin James

February 10, 2013

Table of Contents

Chapter I3
THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND3
Introduction3
Conceptual Framework4
Statement of the Problem5
Objectives5
Importance of the Study6
Definition of Terms6
Chapter II7
REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE AND STUDIES7
Foreign Literatures7
Local Literatures7
Foreign Studies8
Local Studies8
Synthesis8
Bibliography10
APPENDICES12

Chapter I

THE PROBLEM AND ITS SETTINGS

Introduction

In the 1960s, before the proprietary software dominated the software landscape of the Information Technology industry, there was only limited free software. Later on, various types of proprietary software were introduced to the software industry headed by Bill Gates, who happened to write an “Open Letter to Hobbyists” that advocates that software should be paid for, including royalties. Then, the proprietary software successfully boomed up in the market to the point that it is considered nowadays as the only possible model by many knowledgeable people. But then, after the IBM and others first sold the large-scale commercial computers, the Free Software Foundation was born and they came up with an idea to promote and consider the free software as an option again for software development. With this idea, they introduced the Free Open Source Software to the public (Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona, 2004). Free Open Source Software (FOSS) or also known as Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) is software/software type that is both free and open source. It means that it is liberally licensed to grant users the right to use, copy, study, change, redistribute, and modify its design through the availability of its source code. Unlike the proprietary and commercial software (e.g., Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, & Cisco Packet Tracer), FOSS allows extensive customization and modification of software to satisfy and support the technical needs of the local users for free. This also allows users to participate more proactively in the development and implementation process of Free Open Source Software-based System (Yu-wei Lin and Enrico Zini, 2007) After the birth of FOSS, the number of various kinds of Free Open Source Software rapidly increased together with the demands of the people. That’s also the time the FOSS industry developed and released different kinds of software such as the GNU/LINUX by Linus Torvalds, Apache, Red Hat, and so on and so forth (Dong Calmada, 2010). Through this great breakthrough of the Free Open Source Software community, numbers of consumers, business firms and even educational institutions did tend to avail for those FOSS as part of their development in the field of Information Technology. Speaking of those educational institutions, University of the Immaculate Conception is one of those. University of the Immaculate Conception is a premier Catholic University in Davao City, Philippines that provides quality tertiary education especially in the field of Information Technology. As part of their approach to a quality IT Education, this University implements Proprietary Software (e.g., Microsoft Office, Windows 7 OS, SAP Business 1) and only few Free Open Source Software (e.g., Moodle, Blender) to comply the requirements and needs of the students, faculty and staff under the Information Technology Education. However, as being a university...
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