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.
For more information on open source software and the Open Source Lab, click here.
 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

OSU OSL announced a new collaboration at recently at EclipseCon. They’re joining with a half dozen leading public and private institutions with an end goal of providing open source solutions to healthcare providers, including secure means to share patient information. Open Health Information Project (OHIP), underscores the commitment of OSU’s Open Source Lab (OSL) to the successful adoption and use of open source software methodologies in the public sector. OHIP is a pilot project designed to demonstrate the viability of such an approach in Health Care IT. CollabNet, Palamida, Mayo Clinic, Innoopract, and OSL are among the first to join.

For those of you who have been asking us "is the Rackathon still going on?" The answer is "Yes, always!". We have just updated the rackathon pages and pictures, and are now displaying names on 2 of our racks. Help us fill the second rack and move into a third by donating today!

Visit the rackathon page at http://osuosl.org/contribute/rackathon
Want to write open source software this summer?
Want to make money?
Want to do both?

The Open Source Lab is proud to announce that we have been selected as a mentoring organization for the fantastic Google Summer of Code for 2007.

Last year Google spent $3,000,000 to fund 630 student projects across 90 countries with the help of over 100 mentoring organizations. Google Summer of Code is back again in 2007!

Google Summer of Code is expressly designed to get the brightest minds on campus contributing code to open source initiatives and inventing new open source programs. After all, while altruistic motives are praiseworthy and the rewards of peer recognition sweet, the idea of a financial prize for stellar work predates the Nobel Commission – and who really needs money more than broke college students?

So here’s the skinny: we’ll give $4,500 to applicants who successfully work with a sponsoring organization or advisor to create innovative or useful open source software. We’ll also get you a t-shirt to go along with the cash.

This year Google will be spending $4,000,000 funding an expected 800 students to work with 131 mentoring organizations on hundreds of projects around the world.

The OSL is currently accepting student applications for the summer. Please visit the student application page to submit your proposal. The deadline for student applications has been extended to Monday, March 26, 2007, 5:00pm Pacific time. We also encourage any students interested in applying to visit our Summer of Code Ideas page to see what projects we hope to mentor this year.

On behalf of our students and all the projects who benefit from Google's generosity, thank you Google!

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