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Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 03:16:49 +0000 (UTC)
From: Luke Crawford <lsc@prgmr.com>
Subject: Re: [vox] a course on managing open source...
To: LUGOD's general discussion mailing list <vox@lists.lugod.org>

I am a self-taught SysAdmin, and I work primarily with OSS... 
>From what I've seen,  people with a BS are useless for the first year, 
while they get up to speed.  On the other hand, people who have 
experience with a non-OSS unix like Solaris are usually immediately 

I would argue that the problem is not a lack of education about OSS, the 
problem is a lack of education about UNIX.

Teach them UNIX... Preferably more than one variant.  If you want to go 
advanced, teach them C.  Have them write simple patches to modify the 
behavior of OSS software.

(the real problem with most graduates, of course, is lack of general 
intelligence.  No amount of education can make up for being only slightly 
above average.  These people need to be vetted early, and sent into 
marking or something.)

On Wed, 13 Jul 2005, Sameer Verma wrote:

>Dear LUGoD members,
>I will be teaching a course titled "Managing Open Source" at San Francisco 
>State University. This course is being offered as a graduate/undergraduate 
>cross-listed course by the Information Systems department in the College of 
>Business. As the title suggests, the focus of the course will be 
>business-oriented for most part. A proposed course outline is listed at the 
>end of this e-mail.
>I would really appreciate feedback from the community.
>1) What would you like to see in a course like this?
>2) What is the most critically needed area of education that an analyst or 
>manager should get with respect to open source?
>3) Would you expect a course like this to be a "Get the Facts" type or more 
>along the lines of a "We report, you decide" ?
>4) What kind of activities would be more suitable: Hands-on, exams, papers, 
>5) Do you expect such a course to fly in a business curriculum?
>(I am posting this to several lug lists, so bear with me if you see many of 
>Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
>Asst. Professor of Information Systems
>San Francisco State University
>San Francisco CA 94132 USA
>http://verma.sfsu.edu/ http://opensource.sfsu.edu/
>Here is the proposed course outline:
>COURSE OBJECTIVES: The student will be able to:
>A. understand the similarities and differences between open and proprietary 
>B. evaluate licensing, copyright, intellectual property rights and business 
>models related to open source software;
>C. identify issues such as standards, interoperability, and source code 
>management in managing a heterogeneous Information Systems environment;
>D. describe the challenges in integrated management of open source and 
>proprietary software in the Information Systems infrastructure;
>E. use Return on Investment (ROI) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) 
>approaches in the acquisition and use of open source software.
>A. (1 week) Basics of Open Source: Philosophy, Methodology, Software.
>B. (1 week) Licensing as a driver of diffusion and adoption.
>C. (2 week) Open source business models.
>D. (2 week) Source code management approaches.
>E. (1 week) Comparison with other methods of software development.
>F. (1 week) Methods of Support for Open Source Software.
>G. (2 week) Managing proprietary and open source applications.
>H. (1 week) Evaluating maturity of an open source project.
>I. (1 week) Assessing viability using the ROI and TCO approach.
>PREREQUISITE KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of the basic components of an IS 
>vox mailing list

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