Sample COSI Open House Presentation
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What is COSI? Clarkson Open Source Institute What is "Open Source? Open source is a set of principles and practices on how to write software, the most important of which is that the source code (the human-readable version of the machine-readable program) is openly available. To be truly open source, the source code must not only be freely available, but the terms of the license agreement must allow users to make modifications to the program themselves. Examples: Windows -> Linux Microsoft Office -> Open Office Internet Explorer -> Firefox Adobe Illustrator -> InkScape AIM -> Pidgin Microsoft Visual Studio -> Eclipse Dreamweaver -> NVU Advantages of Open Source Software Can look at how the programs work Can actually check for security issues Free Can make any changes What we do: Contribute to Open Source Projects Because the products are, in general, free, there aren't huge corporations of developers behind most open source projects unlike their proprietary alternatives, so communities of programers form to support the projects. Examples: Mirror Start our own Open Source Projects When there isn't a good open source solution example, or want to learn something, members can start their own open source project. Examples: OSP WikiWideWeb Preform Research Preform CS-related research Examples: Virtualization Benchmarking Power Honeypot Enter Contests Enter (and usually win) various programming contest Examples: IBM Master the Mainframe (Several Stage 2 Wins, Lots of Stage 1 Wins) TuxMaster VMAppliance Android ("Win Pending") Infrastructure Maintain a stable environment for classes, projects, and student users Examples: Networking Website Docs Lab Build Weekly Meetings Lightning Talks Project Status Presentations Why they should join COSI: Hands-on Experience Presentations (e.g. Usenix) Books Apply what you learn in class Not letting classes get in the way of education Extensive Alumni Network Happy to offer good advice about what to do with your education Helpful when looking for a job Access to Research/Project Research If you want to work on an academic project or personal project with academic features, you have access to tons of physical resources Win Stuff Enter contents, win stuff Examples: IBM Master the Mainframe (Several Stage 2 Wins, Lots of Stage 1 Wins)