What is the Open Source Lab?
The Oregon State University Open Source Lab is the home of growing, high-impact open source communities. Its world-class hosting services enable the Linux operating system, Apache web server, the Drupal content management system and over 50 other leading open source software projects to collaborate with contributors and distribute software to millions of users globally. Through custom software development, vendor partnerships and industry events like the Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON), the Lab's staff and students encourage open source adoption in education, government, health care and other sectors.
 What is Open Source Software?
"Open source" means that the building blocks for a program are freely available to use, modify, and improve. This provides for rapid software development by contributors worldwide, and the resulting program is available for anyone to use, anywhere, free of charge.
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 Open Source is all about contributions.
Countless numbers of developers are all giving of their time and talents to code, document, test, design, and deliver software so that the end user may benefit from it. The Open Source Lab is here to contribute resources to the community, allowing developers to focus on what they do best rather than having to spend time worrying about system resources and hosting. To continue operating, we need your contributions as well.

Latest OSUOSL News

The Drupal Association recently donated $4,000 to support the hosting efforts of the OSU Open Source Lab. Drupal is one of the most popular open source content management systems. It is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. It is flexible and extensible with dozens of freely available add-on modules to enable customized features.

Drupal's infrastructure is provided by the OSU Open Source Lab, and we are grateful for the Drupal Project's donation to support our efforts to help the open source community. You can learn more about Drupal at http://drupal.org and about the Drupal Association at http://association.drupal.org.

Open source has been a driving force in innovation, breaking all sorts of barriers between the end users and the development community, making them all equal partners. Today, we have broken yet another barrier: species. This canine adds another dimension to the already diverse world of open source by proving that to be involved in the OSS community you don't necessarily need to be tech savvy, or even human.

Open Minds. Open Doors. Open Kennels. Open Source.

Two students’ outstanding work with a computer project to help educate children in developing countries has led to a corporate gift of $500,000 to the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University.

RealNetworks, Inc., was inspired to make a donation to OSU after becoming acquainted with sophomores Michael Burns and Justin Gallardo, volunteer software programmers for One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). This international venture aims to create a children’s laptop that costs $100 – making it affordable for governments to purchase one for every child. Countries including Brazil, Nigeria, Rwanda and Thailand have signed on, with 1 million units ordered as of February 2007.