Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Universities Seeing the Open Source Light

I just recently learned about UCOSP. The details of the program can be found here.

We are continually seeing academic institutions realizing the benefits of having their student body taking part in open source development work as part of the curriculum. I give credit to those universities or colleges that are participating in such activities. For too long, aspiring software engineers have frowned upon the completion of a degree, primarily due to the lack of relevance their studies provide them upon graduation. This no longer needs to be the case.

As this program shows, it is possible for students to make meaningful contributions to an open source project while attending the school. Not only does this provide them with "real world" experience by collaborating with engineers throughout the world; but, it also provides them enhanced opportunities for securing employment at the completion of their degree. It is a win-win for all involved.

Hopefully, as more institutions become educated on the benefits of such a program, we will continue to see them evolve. Advanced education in the computer science arena no longer needs to be something done in the past, but something that provides great benefits for the future.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Florida Linux Show Update

I will be speaking at 9:30AM this Saturday, 10/24, at the Florida Linux Show. It is at the Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration in Kissimmee, FL. Look forward to seeing anyone there that will be in attendance. Looks to be a promising event!

Friday, October 16, 2009

All About the Brain Power

Here is an enlightening article about the core of open source. Too many companies get so excited about open source based on the price tag they associate with it. Lest they forget about what makes it such great software to begin with. Behind every great product is a great brain, and in the case of open source, we are talking about thousands of great brains. As has always been the case, the power of collaborative development bears fruit for all involved.