LinuxFest Northwest 2014

Bellingham, WA April 26th & 27th

Building Community

Reinventing the Open Source Initiative for the New Century

debbryant's picture

Abstract: The Open Source Initiative (OSI) was founded in 1998, seizing a moment in time to move the software freedom values of the open development community and hacker culture to the mainstream of the software industry.  The goal was to build a sustainable institution to represent the open-source community and exercise stewardship of the Open Source Definition.

Teaching Linux and Linux System Administration as Distance Education Classes

dmandel's picture

We are teaching more and more classes as online or distance education classes where the instructor and students communicate via a web site and may never meet in person. This makes classes available to a wider audience than before and enables instructors to live most anywhere; but it also makes it more difficult to build class camaraderie and leaves many students feeling isolated and alone.

I'm not going to call it dogfooding, but

johns's picture

Let's talk about the fact that activist organizations striving for
advances in areas that free software supporters care about -- digital
civil liberties, privacy, free speech -- overwhelmingly use
proprietary software and service platforms fundamentally incompatible
with their ideals. At the Free Software Foundation, we use only free
software to run our organization, and that includes our activism and
public awareness work.

LibreOffice as a Lesson Plan: What FOSS can teach our students

qubit's picture

In grade schools and colleges nationwide, classes in "basic computer education" often focus heavily on one particular proprietary office suite. Locked-in to a world of monoculture, we're training our students to use one tool to perform a list of set tasks, rather than focusing on technological competence and confidence.

Using LibreOffice to train students in the basics of word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations provides an excellent opportunity to engage the classroom and teach a host of other important lessons in technology including

Teaching DevOps to University Students

edunham's picture

University students rarely get a chance to fully embrace the Devops or FOSS development culture while in school. This year, I've started a program at the OSU Open Source Lab called Devops Bootcamp, which is a hands-on, informal workshop open to any student at OSU. Devops Bootcamp immerses college students in the basics of Linux, Linux system administration and FOSS development practices. I've combined my experience as LUG president, Computer Science teaching assistant, and Open Source Lab sysadmin to develop a training curriculum and present it to 20-40 students through the year.

Growing Your User Group

KaraSowles's picture

User groups are an essential and flourishing part of the tech community, but it's common for them to encounter obstacles to meeting regularly. This talk will be filled with practical tips for keeping a user group growing and active.

I'll suggest various ways for user groups to attract a steady supply of speakers, find a venue, obtain food and drink for meetings, source topics, become more visible, and attract new members. 

Keeping Them Interested: Care and Feeding of Open Source Contributors

aparker42's picture

Your project starts to get some traction. All sorts of requests start coming from various directions. Some people want to contribute changes, others just want their voice heard. How do you manage all of these interactions? On the puppet project, we've been experimenting with various ways of keeping everyone engaged and informed. Some have been successful, others not so much. I'll present what we've been trying, how it has been working out, and then open up to a bit of Q&A to discuss other ways of tackling some of the problems.

Non-Coders Wanted: How to Get and Keep Non-technical Volunteers

eximious's picture

Many free software projects sorely need writers for documentation, press releases and blogging or experts on outreach, fundraising and volunteer management or a friendly pack of translators, but aren't sure how to get them. Non-coders do want to contribute to free software, but they need slightly different framing and like all contributors they thrive with the proper care and feeding. Tweaking your volunteer pitch, looking in different places, being open to different communications channels, and finding ways to appreciate folks will help immensely.   

oVirt: How to Connect with a Mature Open Source Project

bproffitt's picture
oVirt is a powerful virtual data center manager with a history that includes closed source .NET-based code and its modern, open Java and Python code base. But this long past means that contributing is not always easy. Even with a project that is well-liked and used by a variety of businesses and academic organizations, contributing to a mature project like this can be challenging.   

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