Rensselaer Center for Open Source Software

February 22, 2010 – 4:53 pm

Fedora design guru Mo Duffy gave a presentation on Fedora at RPI, her alma mater. Slides are available from the post, and as usual, they’re gorgeous. I’m reblogging here since Mo isn’t part of Planet TOS and I thought some professors might be interested in the slide deck.

Mo’s deck does a good job of addressing a problem I often have when speaking with a group of students (or for that matter, a group of people with a wide range of backgrounds in and exposure to FOSS). How do you describe such a huge and complex space (“The Fedora Project”) without either oversimplifying things or getting bogged down in details for hours? Her presentation sketches out the broad outlines of a space (“look at the wide range of things you can do in Fedora!”) and then show examples of how to dive into details in a few of them (specific projects in specific teams).

Anyhow. There’s a Rensselaer Center for Open Source Software – this is a page I hadn’t seen beforehand, and which has some projects that seem to overlap with projects other schools in the TOS space are doing. For instance. OLPC Math (yes, RIT, I’m looking at you) or multi-touch (which is, if I recall correctly, how Seneca got started with Mozilla back in the day).

Synergy time? Luis Ibanez and Mukkai Krishnamoorthy are TOS-ers from RPI – looking at the list of TOS-ers also turns up Will Schroeder. RCOSS has a nice (and pretty darn up-to-date!) portal page, with projects – they have great talks going on, they have courses being taught… and I’d love to learn more about them, and what other schools can learn from what they’ve done. RPI folks, what’s happening in your neck of the woods these days?

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