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From Niclas Hedhman <>
Subject Re: What might an open source class look like?
Date Thu, 07 May 2015 00:45:58 GMT
great initiative and I think it will become popular over time (new ideas
takes a while).

1) I think you should bring up the difference between "Open Source" a la
MySQL, i.e development at a corporation and releases thrown over the wall,
versus "Open Collaboration" a la Apache, where everything is expected to be
happening in the open, asynchronously and relatively slow pace. There is
also a third model, which is the "Lone Wolf GitHubber" who does it in the
open, maybe even get a lot of Pull Requests, but doesn't expand into a
developer's community.

2) In the "Open Collaboration" model, there is then the need for some type
of Governance, which varies from "all volunteers" to "paid membership" to
"commercial invite only" or combination of all. I recall people mentioning
studies that shows that the dynamics changes dramatically as soon as "paid
for" _anything_ is introduced, where _anything" might be membership,
influence, developer time, evangelism and so on.

3) Adoption pattern(s). I recall that when Gianugo Rabellino (ASF Member)
was a SourceSense, they had an "Adoption Path" on their website which was
pretty thorough and something we take for granted, but made a lot of sense
to unaware commercial entities, and I think this "road map" of how to move
from "commercial-only" to "contributor" or even "project leader" is
important, even to students, who might end up spear-heading such changes
when they get jobs.

Good Luck, and please keep this list in the loop


On Thu, May 7, 2015 at 7:42 AM, Daniel Ruggeri <> wrote:

> Hi, all;
>    We had an interesting chat during the barcamp at ACNA2015 discussing
> ideas for spreading the word about open source. A few folks mentioned
> that it would be a good idea to partner with local universities to do
> talks/programs/etc. This sounded like an interesting idea so I
> squirreled it away in the back of my mind to be revisited after I
> settled back into the not-apachecon-routine... Interestingly enough, the
> day I got back from ApacheCon, a former professor (and mentor of mine)
> had asked if I would be willing to send the head of the IS program a
> letter of recommendation to accompany his nomination for an award. I
> mentioned the idea of doing something with the university regarding open
> source and introducing students to the idea in the P.S. of the email...
> Well, one conversation led to another and now I find myself teaching a
> credited class about open source in the fall.
>    I think this is really neat and exciting but a challenge at the same
> time. Since the idea was planted in my head w/ the ASF, I thought it
> would be a good idea to float the question here to ask, "What would go
> in a college class about open source?" I think I can work through a
> syllabus, but I'd love to hear suggestions from those who have been
> involved in the ASF longer than my 4-ish years.
> Here are some of the ideas I have in mind for things to cover:
> *What IS open source? The history/birth of the movement.
> *Source control with Subversion/GIT/?
> *Bug tracking
> *Mailing lists/IRC/communication tools
> *Participating in an open source community
> *Lab(s) where we create a repository and commit/work through examples of
> using the tools
> *Guest speaker: How we make money with Open Source
> *Guest speaker: The Apache way (of course!)
> *Guest speaker: Why I trust open source software in my production
> environment
> *Guest speaker: Why NOT open source (?)
> *Popular open source licenses - discussion around each
> *???
> I've only been on this list since ApacheCon this year, so I'm not sure
> what areas (if any) I would have commit access to in the community
> project, but I am more than willing to provide the materials I create as
> part of the class for those similarly interested in putting on such a
> program.
> P.S.
> I'm in the process of mining
> for additional ideas,
> too...
> --
> Daniel Ruggeri

Niclas Hedhman, Software Developer - New Energy for Java

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