Open source news roundup for May 1 - 7, 2016

6 higher ed schools teach open source, Collaboration Summit remarks, and more news

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In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at six higher education instructors who are immersing students in open source communities and projects, the co-founder and principal analyst at RedMonk Stephen O'Grady's remarks on the future of open source at the Collaboration Summit in March, and more news.

Open source news roundup for May 1 - 7, 2016

6 higher ed instructors focused on open source

Network World's Sandra Glittlen rounds up six higher education instructors who are immersing students in open source communities and projects. Learn more about them.

  • New York Institute of Technology: Richard Simpson, associate professor, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences
  • Rochester Institute of Technology: Stephen Jacobs, professor and associate director of the MAGIC (media, arts, games, interaction, creativity) center
  • Michigan Technological University: Joshua Pearce, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Purdue University: Sabine Brunswicker, associate professor for Innovation and director of the Research Center for Open Digital Innovation
  • Western New England University: Heidi Ellis, professor in the Computer Science and Information Technology department
  • University at Albany: Patrick Masson, instructor in Informatics in the College of Computer Engineering and Applied Sciences

Open source is good for business

The Collaboration Summit was in March, where co-founder and principal analyst at RedMonk, Stephen O'Grady, said that the technology industry is "changing much faster than we've seen in the past due to the proliferation of high quality, free and open source software," according to a post on

"All of a sudden, for the first time, if I want to build anything, if I'm a developer, if I have an idea, I can just go do that,” O'Grady said. “I don't need to go justify to my boss, "Hey, I need to buy a license for an operating system. Hey, I need to buy a license for a database," and so on. I can just go do it. This changes everything. This is a change that all of you have lived, all of you have helped fuel."

Open source software has evolved to the point at which it makes a good foundation on which to build a business. "The economics behind open source, and the changes that it will essentially (bring to) your business," he said, "the impact that it will have over time is enormous."

In other news

Thanks, as always, to staff members and moderators for their help this week. Make sure to check out our event calendar, to see what's happening next week in open source.


About the author

David Both - David Both is an Open Source Software and GNU/Linux advocate, trainer, writer, and speaker who lives in Raleigh North Carolina. He is a strong proponent of and evangelist for the "Linux Philosophy." David has been in the IT industry for nearly 50 years. He has taught RHCE classes for Red Hat and has worked at MCI Worldcom, Cisco, and the State of North Carolina. He has been working with Linux and Open Source Software for over 20 years. David prefers to purchase the components and build his...