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Library schedules open source software information sessions



Got FOSS? Once you find out what it is, you’ll wish you did!

FOSS stands for Free Open Source Software. Washoe County libraries have scheduled one-hour information sessions at which you’ll find out how to get free software downloads for your computer. This program will present an overview of Free Open Source Software applications that offer enhanced productivity, at little or no cost. The classes will be conducted by Todd Goatley, department computer application specialist for Washoe County Library System.

The presentation will focus on OpenOffice – a software package much like Microsoft Office. It includes equivalents to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher. Other programs in OpenOffice include a computer drawing program similar to Paint, and Math, a program that allows you to work out or develop math computations.

“These particular FOSS applications are gaining a foothold with today’s software decision makers,” said Nancy Keener, WCLS systems librarian. “From home to office, the need to keep up with proprietary software is becoming a financial burden. With FOSS, you don’t need to buy expensive software, and you can extend the life of your computer.

“FOSS opportunities are creating a pleasant savings and a highly functional PC environment for home use, and for Fortune 500 companies,” Keener added. “There are many great alternatives in the Free Open Source Software world. The time needed to gain the knowledge necessary to implement Open Source Software can be quite minimal, and the advantages are great.”

Come to a free information session and learn about everything FOSS has to offer!

  • Wednesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.
    South Valleys Library
    , 15650A Wedge Parkway, Reno, 851-5190
  • Thursday, March 11, 3:30 p.m.
    Sparks Library
    , 1125 12th Street, Sparks, 352-3200
  • Saturday, March 13, 1 p.m.
    North Valleys Library
    , 1075 North Hills Blvd. #340, Reno, 972-0281
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