1. Mission
  2. Bylaws
  3. Current Officers
  4. FOSS we use and recommend


Salem Open Source (SOS) serves Greater Salem through activities that support and promote free, open-source software (FOSS).

Support Activities

SOS maintains community space for Open Source advocates and users of all experience levels

  • Virtual space: Website, mailing list
  • Physical space: Monthly group meetings; ad-hoc work parties and other meetings

Promotion Activities

SOS helps others meet community needs through projects that utilize free open source software (FOSS)

  • Public demonstrations of FOSS, such as during Software Freedom Day
  • Ad-hoc group-led projects that utilize FOSS for community service purposes
  • Consultation and assistance wherever possible to help others effectively utilize FOSS

For more information on FOSS, please visit the Free Software Foundation’s website, contact us with your questions or visit us at one of our monthly meetings.  New members are always welcome!

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Members contribute to the group either by annual membership dues or officer roles.  Only paying members and officers may vote.  Prospective members are eligible for paid membership after attending one meeting to become familiar with the group. Membership fee is a $10 annual dues plus optional donation, OR serving in an officer role


Officers serve for one year.  Members are eligible for available officer roles after attending three group meetings.  Members may may serve as officers for consecutive years if re-elected.  Members are exempt from membership fees while serving as officers. Members’ first year of regular membership after at one full year of service as officer is free.  Members may not build credit beyond one year of free standard membership.

Officer Roles

  1. Chair reserves meeting venues and makes other logistical arrangements, puts together draft agendas (based on template and group input), facilitates meetings, ensures completion of other group responsibilities
  2. Secretary manages group records (membership list); takes meeting minutes and posts to mailing list and website
  3. Treasurer manages group assets ($$membership$$ and websites), including financial records; receipt and disbursement of group funds


Group votes once on disbursement of annual recurring expenditures.  Additional, ad-hoc expenditures (materials, facilities, equipment, etc) require group vote before disbursement.  All officers must be signateurs on group bank account.


Meetings much acheive quorum for group to vote on business.  Quorum is a majority of eligible voting members, including *all* officers.  Members may email or post vote on website ahead of meeting if unable to attend.


Chair constructs meeting agendas based on an agenda template, including unfinished items from previous meetings and additional member input.  Members must email agenda items to Chair or post them to draft meeting agenda on website ahead of meeting. Discussion of item occurs at first meeting, voting occurs at second meeting.  Group may discuss and vote on matters deemed urgent or time-sensitive in ad-hoc meetings only if meeting acheives quorum.  Group may vote to table an agenda item for next meeting.

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Current Officers

Chair:  OPEN until filled

Secretary:  Ethan Young

Treasurer:  Don Harto

FOSS we use and recommend

One of the great things about FOSS is that because it is community-driven development, there are often tons of resources and tutorials available from other users of the program on wikis, forums, blogs and YouTube.  Another nice result of FOSS is many of the following programs depend on open standards for their file formats.  That means less worries about compatibility issues for you!

LibreOffice:  A full-featured office productivity suite, including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, database, and mathematics programs.  The program looks and behaves the same whether you run it on Linux, Mac or Windows.

Firefox:  A stable and secure privacy-oriented web browser, compatible with the Tor Project and popular privacy extensions such as Adblock Plus, Https Everywhere, Ghostery, and Flashblock.  Also check out the Mozilla Foundation’s other products, such as Thunderbird email.

MuseScore:  A full-featured music notation and typesetting program for composers.  See also the Lilypond music engraving project.

GIMP:  A full-featured raster graphics creation and editing platform.  Use GIMP Paint Studio and other add-ons (such as GIMP Animation Package) to turn it into a complete graphics production solution.

Inkscape:  A very capable scalable vector graphics editor similar to Illustrator.  Not quite as polished and complete, but solid.

Scribus:  A full-featured page layout and desktop publishing program.

Stellarium: A photo-realistic 3D planetarium for your computer.  It displays the sky from anywhere on earth (or the rest of the galaxy) at any date or time.

GNU/Linux:  Think of this as an entire world of alternatives to “Mac or Windows.”  Many of the programs listed above are part of the GNU Project (we think it’s awkward to say, too!).  Linux runs those programs on a stable, efficient and innovative platform.  Individual Linux-based operating systems are called “distributions,” or “distros” for short.  Our current favorite distros are Ubuntu (including Lubuntu), Mint, and ElementaryOS.

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