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

We are happy to announce that the OSUOSL has been accepted to participate in this year's Google Summer of Code program. This will be the third year we are participating, and we are hoping it will be an even greater success than last year.

Are you a student who would like to get paid to work on Open Source Software? Google will pay $4500 to each applicant who successfully works with an approved organization (OSUOSL is one of them) on an Open Source project!

As of Monday, March 24th, Google is accepting student applications to participate in Summer of Code (SoC). If you are a student interested in participating, we'd love to have you work on one of our projects. You can read a list of our project ideas here -- http://dokuwiki.osuosl.org/soc/ideas We are happy to answer any questions you may have, just come by #osuosl on irc.freenode.net. If you have any ideas that aren't listed, we may be interested in those as well; feel free to drop by our IRC channel to discuss it with us.

If you'd like more information about the SoC program, check out the official FAQs: http://code.google.com/opensource/gsoc/2008/faqs.html

To apply, go to: http://code.google.com/soc/2008/

The FOSSBazaar community site and the FOSSology project are now being hosted at the Open Source Lab.

FOSSBazaar provides information regarding many topics involving Open Source Software including IP issues, Licensing, Security, Support options, and much more. The site aims to provide a gathering place to discuss, explore, share experiences, and cooperatively solve issues related to FOSS governance.

The FOSSology project analyzes source code to quickly report on what licenses are being used by a certain project. It can be extended to scan and analyze other data inside of source code such as code re-use, security alerts and bug fixes. The OSUOSL is hosting the FOSSology web site and email as well as a local installation of the FOSSology software.

We are happy to announce the Open Source Lab is now hosting the main infrastructure for the Linux Foundation.

The Linux Foundation promotes, protects, and standardizes Linux. To achieve these tasks, the LF provides legal services to Linux developers, collaborates on the Linux Standards Base (LSB), hosts events for the Linux community, and responds in the press to competitors' attacks on Linux. The OSL hosts the Linux Foundation's infrastructure including web sites, email, and development machines.