Issue #17 March 2006

Podcast: So you'd like to contribute to open source software

Are you interested in working on open source software? Listen to PhD and Red Hat performance tools engineer Will Cohen as he gives a basic historical overview of the open source movement and industry, including information on licensing issues, business uses, and technical and philosophical considerations. Cohen describes the benefits of open source over proprietary code, as well as the gains novice and experienced programmers can achieve through collaborative open source work. Not an engineer? Cohen emphasizes the need for documentation writers, beta testers, and other non-technical users.

While you're listening to his speech, follow along with the Open Office slide deck Cohen used in the classroom.

This talk was recorded at North Carolina State University on January 31, 2006.

File length: 26:40

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