Open source for academics


Published on

Presentation for Refresher course at Computer Science Department, Mumbai University, 14 Jan 2013

Published in: Technology
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Open source for academics

  1. 1. Refresher Course at CSD Mumbai University. Jan-14 2013 Presenter: Amol A Sale Open Source for academics.
  2. 2. Outline  What is Open Source?  Who runs open source projects?  Why open source?  Business models  Contributing to open source.  Why to contribute?  What benefit student or professional gets out of it?  Adopting Open Source in academics.  Resources
  3. 3. What is Open Source?  “The practice of providing open-source code for a product; Open-source software in general; To make open-source”  Free sharing of technological information like cooking recipes have been shared since the beginning of human culture. Sharing cooking recipe does not mean sharing cooked food.
  4. 4. Why open source?  FLOSS potentially saves industry over 36% in software R&D investment that can result in increased profits or be more usefully spent in further innovation.  No code is good code, there is always scope for improvement and human limit may restrict the growth of your project, so open the source.  To make your code world class.  Open source software projects may offer a learning opportunity those students aren't getting in school.  The best run open source projects have real standards, and teams of experienced programmers.
  5. 5. WHO IS DOING IT?
  6. 6. Source: Linux Kernel Development How Fast it is Going, Who is Doing It, What They are Doing, and Who is Sponsoring It A White Paper By The Linux Foundation
  7. 7. Source: Linux Kernel Development How Fast it is Going, Who is Doing It, What They are Doing, and Who is Sponsoring It A White Paper By The Linux Foundation
  8. 8. Why they contribute?  Companies like IBM, Intel, SGI, MIPS, Freescale, HP, etc. -- to ensure that Linux runs well on their hardware.  Distributors like Red Hat, Novell, and CentOS, Ubuntu have a clear interest in making Linux as capable as it can be.  Companies like Sony, Nokia, and Samsung ship Linux as a component of products like video cameras, television sets, and mobile telephones.  VMWare - built on Linux kernel.  Nvidia – Interested in Graphics business.  Intel – Processor family interest  Google – Run many Linux based servers in house.  Volkswagen?
  9. 9. Why do people contribute? “Human beings have an inherent tendency to seek out novelty and challenges, to extend and exercise their capacities, to explore, and to learn.” Daniel H. Pink (Author of DRiVE - What motivates us?)
  10. 10. Why students/we should contribute to Open Source? You get :  Good developers have always known that the way to improve is by reading well-written programs. Good FOSS projects in dynamic communities provide a wealth of examples for students to read, understand, and work on.  Chance to interact with world class software team.  Chance to read, modify or improve world class source code.  Learn from constructive feedback of mature, well-run FOSS project team  Learn project management.  Essential professional software development skills that are seldom well- taught in formal school settings.  Learning Communications and social skills.  Participation in FOSS projects can generate a very public portfolio of practical work. This beats a resume any day. It also makes it easier to show your previous work to a potential employer.
  11. 11. Business models  Open source software can be sold and used commercially.  Donations?  Saas? Iaas?  Though there are FOSS apps around developed by big companies, Open source does not always means free of cost.  You can charge/sell your software along with source code.  You can distribute it free and charge for Support.  Important: First understand the Licensing in depth and then go with business.
  12. 12. Examples  Canonical Ltd. offers Ubuntu for free, while they sell commercial technical support contracts.  Mozilla Foundation have a partnership with Google and other companies which provides revenue for inclusion of search engines in Mozilla Firefox.  MySQL is offered for free, but with the enterprise version includes support and additional features.  Novell offers openSUSE for free through the openSUSE Project, while selling SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE).  Red Hat offers the Fedora for free through the Fedora Project, while selling Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).  Oracle offers for free, while selling StarOffice.
  13. 13. So do you ...  use good quality FOSS every day?  like the freedom and openness of the Internet?  think that Internet content should remain free?  share stuff with your friends for free? BUT  Did you know that all (a lot) of this stuff is based on... FOSS ?
  14. 14. You use Open Source Software every day.  When you e-mail a document, pay your taxes online, book an airline flight or do a search for a long lost relative, you’ve just used open-source software.  Every startup has access to the same technology that only large enterprises could afford in the past.
  15. 15. Business Models using Open Source?  Come up with a distinctive practical idea.  See if there is any work done towards it in open source projects.  If yes, See how can you adopt it and make it compatible with your idea?  If not, start a new open source project  Every tool is available there starting from kernel, filesystem to web server, open source social network platform find ways to adopt it to your idea.  CMS (Content Management Systems) – Drupal, Wordpress, Open Cart, MediaWiki and many more.  Open Source consultancy to SMEs or individuals.  Open source training.  Hosted Services – Cloud, Virtualization based infrastructure.  Saas or Iaas
  17. 17. Open educational resources
  18. 18. So how to get started?  OSS Watch is an advisory committee which provides comprehensive analyses of the legal, technical, and economic aspects of open source software implementation in the higher education sector.   Open educational resources are online resources that provide free applications and learning materials for academic institutions. includes complete course materials, modules, journals, reference materials. These resources can be modified and redistributed. 
  19. 19. Open source curriculum (OSC)
  20. 20. Open source curriculum (OSC)  MIT OpenCourseWare  Stanford Online's internal platform, designed to be an open platform for online learning and research.   Khan Academy  Connexions: a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute:
  21. 21. Why Use Open Source in Education?  The absence of a license fee.  Flexibility.  Service continuity.  Continuous improvement.
  22. 22. Learning by using. Building lab infrastructure using open source software helps in optimizing budget and involving students make them industry ready.
  23. 23. Operating Systems.  Linux as preferred open source operating system.  Choose one distro which suits your needs.  Edubuntu, openSUSE:Education-Li-f-e etc.  Contains many good educational software and support for education environments. Like LTSP  Knoscience: specifically for higher education. nces:software_list
  24. 24. Computer Programming tools  Open source IDE’s like Eclipse, Netbeans.  Databases MySQL, PGSQL, NoSQL  Programming languages: PHP, Perl, Python  Compilers and debuggers: gcc, gdb  Virtualization environments: virtualbox, xen, qemu.  Wireshark network analysis tool.
  25. 25. Open Source Infrastructure tools  Apache web server.  Hadoop simulations.  Eucalyptus cloud setup.  EXT file systems  Linux volume managers.  Mail servers.  Iptable secured networks. And many more
  26. 26. Content Management Systems  Wiki Media Wiki  Blog wordpress  Intranet sites. Drupal.
  28. 28. Moodle  Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.  Most widely used LMS.  LAMP makes it easy to setup and use.
  29. 29. .LRN  Pronounced “dot learn,” .LRN is a popular tool developed at MIT and based on AOLserver and OpenACS.  Originally developed at MIT, .LRN is used worldwide by over half a million users in higher education, government, non-profit.  It supports online learning and other interactive digital systems. Originally designed to meet the needs of universities, it was later implemented in schools, organizations, and corporations. Its flexible framework allows easy customization.
  30. 30. Other popular LMS  Bodington. http://  Claroline.  Dokeos.  Sakai  ATutor  OLAT
  31. 31. Case Study: Open Source Education Lab Oregon State University have started this initiative to help Students involved in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).
  33. 33. Get started.  Choose an area of your interest.  Do your homework -- mailing list(s), a wiki, code repository; things done in the past, things discussed on mailing list.  "Be familiar with coding style, contribution practices, community email etiquette, and copyright assignment practices for the project you are contributing to."  Testing kernel for different QA tests.  Reviewing code -- any competent developer appreciates more eyes on the code.  Documentation as a comments inside source code  Submitting patches.  And you know what? It never ends ...  "Most of all, have fun! Don't be discouraged by strong personalities in the community and try to understand other people’s perspectives."
  34. 34. Linux Kernel Mailing Lists The Linux Kernel Archives The linuxkernel mailing list archive Subscriptions Other important Links Linux foundation Linux kernel interactive map Kernel documentation Linux Kernel Newbie's TLDP
  35. 35. Ubuntu Development Write and package new software or fix bugs in existing software. Your technical skills can make a real difference. Design Put your creativity to work by improving the look and feel of Ubuntu. Help design graphics, backgrounds or themes for the next release. Bug squad Help make Ubuntueven better by working with bug reports to ensure they're clear, complete and easy to reproduce. Anyone can help! Documentation Help produce official documentation, share the solution to a problem, or check, proof and test other documents for accuracy.
  36. 36. Ubuntu contd… Support Share your technical know-how with other users by joining email and discussion lists or Internet relay chat (IRC) channels. Testing Ubuntureleases new versions every six months so we need lots of testers who can report or confirm problems. UbuntuBrainstorm Everyone can participate in the Brainstorm website. It's full of ideas on how to improve Ubuntu.
  37. 37. Wikipedia  Among top five most visited website.  Runs on donations and contributions from around world.  Everyone should contribute because it’s cool to share your knowledge. And it’s a lot of fun.  Most friendly open source project!  Helps you to become good at writing world class articles. How to ?  Create an account  Learn some basic markup syntax and go. It’s that simple. What can be contributed? Articles, Images, Audio, modifications to existing articles. Participate in talk pages, it’s a lot of fun.
  38. 38. Mozilla  Mozilla foundation hosts many cool and successful projects.  Firefox is one of the most downloaded software on earth.  Contribution opportunities:  Localization  Testing and Quality Assurance  Coding  Visual Design 
  39. 39. Other cool projects  Xen  KVM  Android  Gnome  KDE  File systems like ext, zfs, raiserfs.  Content management systems like drupal, wordpress.  This list is so big and never ending: ce_software_packages
  40. 40. Some cool Open Source Internship, Fellowship projects
  41. 41. Shuttleworth Foundation 1 yr Fellowship Program programme/  Does not have strictly defined areas of funding  Suggested areas  Communication and Analytical Skills in Education  Intellectual Property Rights  Open and Collaborative Educational Resources  Telecommunications  Open Philanthropy  Open Science  work from where you are.
  42. 42. Internship at the FSF  FSF sponsors the GNU project  Chance to work with team who writes gcc, gdb, emacsand many cool projects.  Work remotely  Unpaid but value of experience counts.
  43. 43. Google summer of code  Offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects.  accepted students are paired with a mentor[s] from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real- world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits.  more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.  
  44. 44. Open Source Online Repositories  Google Project Hosting  Github  Sourceforge
  45. 45. Open source hardware  Information about the hardware is easily discerned.  Hardware design (i.e. mechanical drawings, schematics, bills of material, PCB layout data, HDL source code and integrated circuit layout data), in addition to the software that drives the hardware, are all released with the FOSS approach.
  46. 46. Thank You