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Who we are

   The Texas Open Source Software (TOSS) Foundation is an El Paso TX based non-profit organization whose purpose is to advocate and advance the use of non-proprietary, open source software at all levels, in the public and the private sectors. Such advancement also promotes free open source operating systems, such as Linux. Our aim is to aminorate the cost of operating and maintaining computer systems by providing free, albeit copyrighted for free use, software that any computer user or organization in the US should have at their disposal.

   Where Open Source software is being deployed, the Foundation also helps users with hardware acquisitions and technical support. The Foundation supports and encourages developers and users who embrace the Free Open Source philosophy.

The Type of Software We Provide

   There are thousands of Open Source programs available to any user on the Internet. We provide links and CDs with the most popular types, especially those directly relating to skills that K-12 students and their families should have (see the tools tab above). We hope to become a mirror site for many of the best known Open Source software products. We presently provide copies of a TOSS-Mac/PC CD that includes current copies of:

OpenOffice: an office suite application, comprising a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, vector graphics editor, and database component, available for many different platforms. It is intended to be a compatible, free alternative to Microsoft Office, and it supports the Open Document standard for data interchange and PDF.

Firefox: A free browser that empowers PC, Mac and Linux users to surf faster, more safely and more efficiently than with any other browser. Award-winning Firefox includes an integrated pop-up blocker, tabbed browsing, live bookmarks, support for open standards, a skinnable interface and an extension mechanism for adding functionality.

GIMP: Free Photoshop-equivalent software used to process digital graphics and photographs. Typical uses include creating graphics and logos, resizing and cropping photos, changing colors, combining images using a layer paradigm, removing unwanted image features, and converting between different image formats. GIMP includes advanced image editing, manipulation, and professional graphics creation.

AbiWord: AbiWord is a small and fast Free Software word processor, with a very similar user interface to Microsoft Word to help make it easier for new users to migrate. AbiWord has several import/export filters including Rich Text Format, HTML, Open Document and LaTeX. The native file format uses XML.

NVU: is a WYSIWYG HTML editor, based on the Composer component of Mozilla Application Suite. It is intended to be an open source equivalent to proprietary software like Microsoft Front Page and Macromedia Dreamweaver and is one of the primary WYSIWYG editors for Linux. Nvu is designed to be easy for non-technical computer users. Knowledge of HTML or CSS is not required.

Audacity: Audacity is an Open Source, cross platform digital audio editor. Among it's many features it includes recording and playing sounds, editing via Cut, Copy, Paste (with unlimited Undo), multi-track mixing, digital effects and effect plug-ins and noise removal. Audacity is extremely popular in the podcasting world due to its wide availability, multiplatform support, and the fact that it is free.

Inkscape: A free vector graphics editor. Its goal is to become a powerful graphic tool while being fully compliant with the XML, SVG and CSS standards. It is a cross-platform application that runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Unix-like operating systems

Thunderbird: Mozilla Thunderbird is a free, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. Thunderbird can manage multiple e-mail and newsgroup accounts and supports multiple identities within accounts. Features like quick search, saved search folders ("virtual folders"), advanced message filtering, message grouping, and labels can help manage and find messages.

Gallery: The Gallery Project is an open source PHP project enabling simple management and publication of photographs and other digital media through a server. Photo management includes automatic thumbnails, resizing, rotation, and flipping, among other things. Albums can be organized hierarchically and individually controlled by administrators or privileged users.

Juice: Juice is a cross-platform aggregator application that is used to download podcast media files, such as oggs and mp3s. These media files can be automatically copied to a digital audio player.

Click here to look at an equivalence table between Windows programs and Open Source (Linux) equivalents. One of the best all-PC Open Source distros is OpenCD
. If you are interested in finding open source software alternatives to well-known commercial software, consider visiting or SchoolForge-UK's FLOSS Solutions for Education site.

A word from TOSS' President

   Welcome to the Foundation's new web site. I hope to provide here a forum for the advancement of Open Source software, and a way to become informed about issues surrounding the use of Open Software that runs on any platform, and of Linux more specifically. The Foundation hopes to reach K-12 students, teachers and parents.
The Foundation needs your support. Please consider a donation.

   If you have some time to devote to an aggressive essay called "Avoiding a Lawsuit",
click on the title.

More Tools

   A wiki for the exchange ideas and concerns will be deployed. In addition we hope to be able to provide ample bandwidth to house mirror sites for the best-known and useful Open Source sites and applications.

Funding TOSS - Membership Categories

Founding Members are prominent business, education and community leaders that have made a comittment to help further the principles of the Foundation, and that lend their name and support to this organization.

Corporate Members are those willing to make a $100-$200 donation to the Foundation.

Gold Corporate Members are those whose donation to the Foundation ranges from $210 to $500.

Silver Corporate Members includes companies, organizations and individual donors whose generosity exceedes $510.

Private individuals can also contribute thus:

Private Member Sponsorship includes donors from $10-50.

Special Private Membership Sponsorship are for generous donors in the $51-100 category

      Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated.
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