About TOS

Open source software development is growing in importance therefore it is critical that the technical leaders of tomorrow — software developers, computer scientists, system administrators, analysts, and build engineers — understand open source tools, culture, and concepts.

This site, and the TOS (TeachingOpenSource) community behind it, is dedicated to bridging the gap between traditional computing curricula and student work in open source communities. This is a community where professors, institutions, communities, and companies can come together and make the teaching of open source a global success.


TeachingOpenSource is a member project of Software Freedom Conservancy.  SFC is a non-profit organization that provides support for free and open source software projects, including infrastructure and legal support. Established in 2006, SFC had over 40 member projects as of October 2018.

The Coordinating Committee for TeachingOpenSource includes:

  • Greg Hislop – Drexel (hislop (at) drexel (dot) edu)
  • Heidi Ellis – Western New England University  (ellis (at) wne (dot) edu)
  • Karl Wurst – Worcester State University  (karl (dot) wurst (at) worcester (dot) edu)
  • Gina Likins – Red Hat, (glikins (at) redhat (dot) com)
  • Trishan de Lanerolle – The Linux Foundation, (tdelanerolle (at) linuxfoundation (dot) org)
  • Chris Murphy – University of Pennsylvania, (cdmurphy (at) seas (dot) upenn (dot) edu)

Former Members:

    • Cat Allman – Google (allman (at) google (dot) com)