Bmi workshop - Ronnie Hash


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Bmi workshop - Ronnie Hash

  1. 1. BMI presents Blacks In Technology at Cincinnati State College
  2. 2. Ronnie Hash is the co-owner and co-founder of Blacks In Technology (, a website devoted to encouraging interest in Information Technology as a career option among African Americans. He is a native of Chicago and now lives in Cincinnati. Ronnie has worked in IT for the past 11 years. He began his IT career as a PC Tech and now is working as a Systems Engineer for an educational book publishing company. Ronnie recently became CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) certified and is pursuing a career in Information Security.
  3. 3. Open Source Technology - What is Open Source Technology - How can Open Source Technology help you in your career? - What are some successful open source projects? - How to get started in Open Source?
  4. 4. What is Open Source Technology? Open source describes practices in production and development that promote access to the end product's source materials. Some consider open source a philosophy, others consider it a pragmatic methodology. Before the term open source became widely adopted, developers and producers used a variety of phrases to describe the concept; open source gained hold with the rise of the Internet, and the attendant need for massive retooling of the computing source code. Opening the source code enabled a self-enhancing diversity of production models, communication paths, and interactive communities. Subsequently, a new, three-word phrase "open source software" was born to describe the environment that the new copyright, licensing, domain, and consumer issues created. The open source model includes the concept of concurrent yet different agendas and differing approaches in production, in contrast with more centralized models of development such as those typically used in commercial software companies. A main principle and practice of open source software development is peer production by bartering and collaboration, with the end-product (and source-material) available at no cost to the public . This is increasingly being applied in other fields of endeavor, such as biotechnology. - wikipedia
  5. 5. How can Open Source Technology help you in your career? - Gain experience for little or no cost - Learn from a wealth of knowledgeable people – Super Geeks - Gives you a chance to start your own business - Companies are looking to cut the cost of IT
  6. 6. What are some successful open source projects? - Nagios – Hardware and Software monitoring - Tripwire – Server configuration integrity checker - Asterisk – Voice Over IP - SugarCrm – Customer Relationship Mangement - Snort – Intrusion Detection System - Vyatta – Routing and switching solution - Linux – Operating System Kernel ( RedHat, SLES, Ubuntu, etc...) - Scalix – Email solution
  7. 7. How to get started in Open Source? - Join - Check out Cincinnati Linux user group. - Check out Cinpa's Linux special interest group - Browse for projects to join - Visit for information about opensource
  8. 8. CONTINUED... - Find some old computers on craigs list or ebay - Build a lab - Have Fun – Mythtv, Ubuntu Studio, Musix, BT4
  9. 9. Thank You Ronnie Hash [email_address]