Assignment One: Review of Open source software.
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Review of Open Source Software by: Steven S.
Open Source Software: Open Office
source software. Open source software is basically free software
available for anyone who has access to the websites that it was started
on. Open source software means that the codes and the programming of
the software is made available to anyone and everyone who wants it.
Anyone who has programming skills may add on to the software or adjust
it or improve it anyway they want as long as the source codes stay
accessible for all to use, and the software is available for anyone to
Describe the target audience. The target audience
for this type of software is anyone who uses word processing, people
such as students, professionals or personal use. The audience can also
be anyone who is working on and about to present any sort of data, or
the processing of data for statistical or organizational use.
is the purpose, how does it work? Open office works pretty much like
Microsoft word or power point. The function of the software is more or
less the same, and its purpose is the same. The main component of this
software is word processing as well as data organization and
User interface. The user interface was pretty
simple to navigate. Essentially it has the same components as Microsoft
word or excel, however some of the wording has been changed. The
buttons and pull down menus are user friendly, they mimic Microsoft
office and basically gives the user complete access to all the tools
and functions that is available to Microsoft office. The process by
which you need to go through to start a new file is a bit different
compared to other programs. You seem to have to open the program up
before you can directly access one or more of its features, which for
me was a bit confusing compared to what I have become accustomed to.
requirements. When downloading this application, it seemed that the
program did not have too many technical requirements. It seemed that it
runs and works with almost all different types of operating systems.
The download was over 100 megabytes, which isn’t too much but today’s
standards, but for older computers that could cause a problem. This
program seems to work with all operating systems with basic bare
What browsers does it work with, does it
this software was firefox. However, this program also downloads using
internet explorer. It did not require any additional web browsing
software to access and download this application.
What is the
strength of this software? The strength is in its simplicity. It is
essentially Microsoft word, therefore anyone who has had past
experience with Microsoft office will be able to navigate and use this
software with little problems. Another strength is that it seems to be
constantly updating. You can set your computer so that it automatically
downloads and sets up new bits and pieces of the file in question.
are the weaknesses of this software? One weakness that I can foresee is
the setting up of the software. At certain points when I was setting
this program up on my computer I was a bit lost with what exactly I was
setting up. There was a section where I needed to set up a database,
which confused me. Though constant downloads help solve new problems,
having to download and continually update the program seems to make it
a bit more of a hassle for users. Starting new files from a database is
a bit different then what I have used in the past, this does take a bit
of time to get used to.
Provide three examples of how this
might be used in science teaching. There are many ways this software
can be used in science education. One way this can be used if for all
students to have word processing. No all students have the same sort of
word processor, some have word perfect and some have word and others
just use notepad, this provides a cheap way for all students to use the
same software so we can avoid and compatibility issues. A second way
this can be use in education is to make presentations. Many teachers do
not have access to or are provided with power point presentation
software from their school, this is a cheap and effective way to
provide teachers with power point presentation access without having to
pay to use it. Lastly this program also has an excel like worksheet.
This allows teachers to organize and collect data easily and
effectively about their students.
Tips for science teachers.
Some students have issues with printing and also software
compatibility, telling students that this is a free download and that
it works with files such as Microsoft word is a nice way to get
everyone on the same page. Technology teachers can use this as a free
way to access Microsoft word like capabilities without having to make
the commitment that it would take to access Microsoft word and office.
comments. This program so far seems to work really well. It is exactly
like Microsoft office, and from what I have used and checked out, it
has all the features of Microsoft office for someone who is a casual
user like myself. It is completely free, so anyone with a computer and
internet access will be able to use this software which would cost
quite a bit of money if you wanted to buy it.