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Software is a program that enables a computer to perform a specific task, as opposed to the physical components of the system (hardware). This includes application software such as a word processor, which enables a user to perform a task, and system software such as an operating system, which enables other software to run properly, by interfacing with hardware and with other software. Software also acts as an interface between the hardware like processor(s) and user(s).
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OpenBSD is a Unix-like computer operating system descended from Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD), a Unix derivative developed at the University of California, Berkeley. It was forked from NetBSD by project leader Theo de Raadt in late 1995. As well as the operating system, the OpenBSD Project has produced portable versions of numerous subsystems, most notably PF, OpenSSH and OpenNTPD, which are very widely available as packages in other operating systems.


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Ubuntu Software Center

Ubuntu Software Center is a computer program for browsing, installing and removing software on the Ubuntu operating system, a computer operating system based on the Debian distribution and distributed as free and open source software.

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Richard Matthew Stallman (born March 16, 1954), often shortened to rms is an American software freedom activist and computer programmer. In September 1983, he launched the GNU Project to create a free Unix-like operating system, and he has been the project's lead architect and organizer. With the launch of the GNU Project, he initiated the free software movement; in October 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation.

Stallman pioneered the concept of copyleft, and he is the main author of several copyleft licenses including the GNU General Public License, the most widely used free software license. Since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time advocating for free software, as well as campaigning against software patents, digital rights management, and what he sees as excessive extension of copyright laws. Stallman has also developed a number of pieces of widely used software, including the original Emacs, the GNU Compiler Collection, the GNU Debugger, and various tools in the GNU coreutils. He co-founded the League for Programming Freedom in 1989.


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  • August 14: Mozilla, Creative Commons, Wikimedia Foundation announce Bassel Khartabil Free Culture fellowship following execution of open culture activist
  • April 8: GNOME to be Ubuntu's default desktop environment, Canonical to stop investing in Ubuntu Phone
  • November 4: Volkswagen emissions scandal may affect thousands more cars
  • September 22: Volkswagen engulfed by diesel emissions scandal
  • January 6: Wikinews interviews on contributions to open-source: Opera
  • April 8: Microsoft to release patches for 64 security flaws on Tuesday
  • March 23: Petition urges Apple to remove 'anti-gay' app
  • March 18: Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9 browser
  • March 8: Microsoft waits for death of Internet Explorer 6
  • October 9: Wikinews interviews Ubuntu developer Fabrice


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A solid working knowledge of productivity software and other IT tools has become a basic foundation for success in virtually any career. Beyond that, however, I don't think you can overemphasise the importance of having a good background in maths and science.


Bill Gates, "Bill Gates: The skills you need to succeed". BBC News. 14 December 2007. 

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