Friday, August 19, 2011


How will you incorporate what you learned here in your course work?

I will begin by incorporating open source communication channels
and collaboration systems into my existing, non-open-source-specific
courses. In the beginning, this will be as simple as defining an
IRC channel with specific "office hours" for my courses. My goal
would be to get my students familiar with this form of communication
so widely used in open source projects. I also plan to have at least
one project that would involve students checking out and modifying some
existing code and handing in the assignment as a patch file. I believe
that I can implement these features even in introductory programming

Friday, August 12, 2011

I need a syllabus for open source culture

If I were to run a course in open source next term, I would certainly run through the a number of open source projects. I would also certainly have students get involved as contributors to an open project.

I would also want them to read about open source culture. So, it would be nice to have a list of readings. I guess that the GNU Manifesto and the Cathedral and Bazzar would be on the list.

Does anyone have suggestions for other readings that should be on the "standard open source syllabus"?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Firefox built

The build of Firefox went ok on my little laptop.

First Impression

The open source movement represents an emergence of a new distributed sub-culture.