Open Source: Presentations
Experience with Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) gives students graduating from college an advantage in the job market. This presentation addresses how to effectively use community mentors to guide students through the learning curve of participation, which is often quite steep, based on lessons learned from four years of teaching a course on how to contribute to FOSS.
Open source communities and organizations have a different culture than more proprietary organizations. I discovered this for myself when I moved to an open source organization after decades in more traditional, closed organizations. In this presentation I'll share my thoughts on ways that open source principles can influence day-to-day operations and business culture in organizations. I hope that by sharing my learnings I can ease others' transitions to open source.
Apache Software Foundation (ASF) houses over 150 open source software projects. While providing a framework for handling copyrights and licensing, ASF also fosters communities and beneficial collaboration on code development, resulting in better products. ASF is a merit-based organization of volunteers who hold various roles. This talk will describe the structure of ASF and offer concrete suggestions for beginning to contribute to ASF projects from both technological and community-based standpoints.