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Save with Open source

Green Links believes that the government can save billions with open source software. That says GL-MP Arjan El Fassed in an interview with nu.nl. But that applies not only to the government, but also to companies and organizations that make a lot of use of computers can save huge amount by using open source.

What is open source software?

Open source software is not developed by one large company such as Microsoft Office, but is often created in a public and common way. Collaboration is done by various programmers and companies to develop the software and is completely free. Characteristic of this computer software is that the source code is released. This allows users to independently study, modify and possibly improve the software. The offer of open-source software is great. For example, there are whole operating systems that can replace Windows such as Ubuntu and Debian. There are also open source CMS systems, such as Drupal, Wordpress and Joomla! This makes it relatively easy to build a professional website. Then there are the OpenOffice.org software packages. This is the free counterpart of Microsoft's Office package and includes programs like Writer to type In, Calc to Create spreadsheets and draw to draw with.


Back to politics. In The interview, El Fassed indicates that various studies have been carried out into possible savings in the ICT field. The General Court of Auditors believes that 88 million euros can be saved on an annual basis with the open source software. The internal estimates of domestic affairs are even more favourable: they believe that EUR 3 to 4 billion per year can be saved. No childish figures. Savings are also possible in your organisation. Except that it can be very advantageous to switch to open source software, there is another advantage. The use of open source software would be safer than the usual systems. A comparison made is this: someone takes no medication without having read the package leaflet, which is too unreliable. This also applies to the computer software. Because the source code is known, you know how the program is put together. Another advantage is that many viruses are only harmful to Windows. These viruses cannot cause damage to open source software.


Learnit follows the developments around open source and also makes clever use of the software. For example, our own employees have been using the Ubuntu operating system for some time and documents are compiled with the free LibreOffice. Learnit offers several open source training courses, such as Creating Websites with Joomla! and several open Office training courses. It is also possible to follow a training in WordPress and Drupal at Learnit. Interested or asking? Feel free to contact us via 020-6369179 or send an email to info@learnit.nl.


7 Tips for Safer internet

Internet criminals steal your data on free WiFi networks in restaurants, hotels and even at offices.

Great, all those networks that you can access on the Internet without typing a password. Unfortunately, this is not always without danger. Hackers can steal passwords, keys commands and files in a fairly simple way. So be warned and try to follow the following simple tips:

  1. Be wary and ask in the restaurant if they have a secure network. Also check the name (SSID) and password of the network. It is because hackers set up their own WiFi network, which makes them easy to access your data. Often it is attractive to log in to this network because there is no password on it, but only with it.
  2. If you visit a site where you need to enter a password, please make sure that the URL starts with ' https://'. If not, do not type a password. Others can see this.
  3. Do not go internet banking, pay by credit card or send and receive mail via Outlook, Thunderbird etc. Webmail is safer provided you use an HTTPS connection.
  4. Make sure you have a good firewall on your computer, iPad or phone.
  5. Encrypt data on your device, use TrueCript or AxCrypt or even better both.
  6. Make sure your folders and files are not shared with others. If you do, do so with password.
  7. Use a VPN connection. If you set up a VPN connection, others can no longer see what you are doing. All traffic is then encrypted. Google at home once quiet to find out how you can do this.

If all this is too technical, we would be happy to help you during one of our courses, for example computer skills: Working with Windows 10 and Office 2016.