The January issue of the OSEL newsletter “Open Sources” is here. pdf for the issue.Featured in this issue: Women and Minorities in engineering and Beaver Barcamp 4.
The February issue of “Open Sources” is also available. pdf for this issue.Featured in this issue: BeaverSource’s first anniversary and an overview of Corvallis Beer and Blog.]]>
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Coming up in the near future:
On Monday (4/27) the LUG, CPATH, and EECS jointly celebrated the release of the OSWALD. Not only did we get to see how many people can fit into the new LUG room, we also enjoyed an afternoon of cake, pizza, mingling, and hacking.
For those who haven’t been introduction to the OSWALD, it is a hand-held device originally designed by OSU student Kevin Kemper as his senior design project. Now the OSWALD plays an active role in the undergraduate computer science program by demonstrating concepts in a hands-on setting. Since it’s launch, first year students have written an MP3 player for the OSWALD in Java. Read Open Sources for more.]]>
The April edition of Open Sources is now available. This month’s issue is all about Barcamp, held on April 4th. Pictures are available on the Flikr Group.]]>
The Open Source Education Lab is hosting another fabulous BarCamp at OSU’s Kelley Engineering Center. Saturday, April 4th from 10AM through 7PM though the end time is flexible. Setup, for those willing, begins at 9AM followed by introductions at 10:30. Sessions will begin at 11. For more information, check out beaverbarcamp.org and remember to register. As always, everyone is invited.
What is a BarCamp? Unlike traditional conferences that do silly things like make schedules ahead of time, at BarCamp the schedule is created throughout the day by popular consensus. Anyone who wishes to lead a talk on any topic can do so. We have enough rooms to host a bunch of different tracks going at the same time. Pick what is most interesting at the time, jump between sessions or just run one yourself!
Curious about the new Oswald device/Fuzzy Walrus/Platform for Learning? We’ll have 10. Want to talk OLPC? Done. Learn more about Python web development with Django? Not a problem. Learn to juggle or crochet? We’re there for you. How about mirroring the success of our own Open Source Lab at other universities? Go for it! Anything that you want to talk about is fair game, just sign up for one of the conference rooms in the lobby and whoever wants to partake in that discussion will join. Sound fun? It is! BarCamps in Seattle, Portland and throughout the world have had phenomenal success with these “unconferences.” Their flexibility and fresh material makes for a fun, thought-provoking day.
Note: Thank you mburns for the wonderful write up]]>
Google is accepting summer of code applications through April 3, programming begins on May 23. Join the festivities! Find a cool project and apply.
This year, Google is paying a stipend of $4,500 for successful projects.
Also, a big congratulations to the Open Source Lab for being accepted as a mentoring organization again for 2009.
If you are interested in working with the OSL this summer, check out the ideas page and submit a proposal!]]>
Original Network World article
The OSU Open Source Lab has been voted one of the nations 10 coolest university networking labs due to its renowned open source project hosting history and interesting development projects.
Specific cool lab features sited were:
On an administrative note: The LUG will continue meeting on Monday afternoons at 6PM in KEC 1007 next term! Bring yourself, projects, homework, etc. and eat pizza while learning more cool things about open source.
On to the presentations!
For the sake of this description we’ll call it the PFL or Platform For Learning
On the very first week of this term Kevin Kemper, Ryan Albright, and Ben Goska came to the LUG to talk about the new CS platform for learning. The idea behind this cool new gizmo is to unify the information incoming CS students learn over the course of the CS program. Starting Winter 2008, incoming CS students will receive a PFL and begin writing programs for the device immediately so that even introductory code is applicable and extensible.
Remember there is a contest for naming this new CS tool so submit a name and possibly win a free PFL!
Larry Cafiero visited OSU and talked about his experiences working for Fedora, Open Source, and why what he does is cool. Larry’s visit also highlighted something we often forget in the LUG. There are jobs for everyone in Open Source. Many of those are programming intensive but many involve talking to people, expanding the market for open source, and dispeling common myths about FOSS.
Donnie presented not only a lightening talk on cool git tools but also gave an advanced BASH tutorial as a follow up to the beginning BASH presentations given at the beginning of the term.
Last but not least, Eric Betts presented the Beaver Source project beginning here at OSU. The idea behind Beaver Source is to promote open source on campus while encouraging collaboration on CS projects within the university. Beaver Source provides important CS project tools like version control, bug tracking, team collaberation, etc. paired with a social network to bring new students into projects and encourage new project formation.]]>