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.
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.
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.
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
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.
This panel will focus on how current open source offerings for private and hybrid clouds compare, OpenStack convergence, and the roles hypervisors and containers play. The Microsoft Openness team's Senior Product Manager Jose Miguel Parrella will moderate the panel and it is open to all.
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.
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.
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.