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Forge Your Future with Open Source – Book

Free and open source is the foundation of software development, and it’s built by people just like you. Discover the fundamental tenets that drive the movement. Take control of your career by selecting the right project to meet your professional goals. Master the language and avoid the pitfalls that typically ensnare new contributors. Join a community of like-minded people and change the world. Programmers, writers, designers, and everyone interested in software will make their mark through free and open source software contributions.


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Understanding Open Source Software, and How It Makes You Money Online

Ezequiel Bruni’s article that includes an introduction to open source as well as a discussion on the finance model of open source software.

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Book – Democratizing Innovation

Professor von Hippel explores how user-centered innovation processes offer great advantages over the manufacturer-centric innovation development systems that have been the mainstay of commerce for hundreds of years.

, Dr. Eric von Hippel
Slides – Intro to FOSS

Slides that accompany Marko Schütz’s book Intro to FOSS (http://teachingopensource.org/learning-material/book-intro-foss./) Text is a comprehensive overview of the business of FOSS. Chapters include FOSS application areas, Philosophy and History of FOSS, FOSS Development and Community, FOSS Business, Case Studies, FOSS Government and more.

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Book – Intro to FOSS

Comprehensive overview of the business of FOSS. Chapters include FOSS application areas, Philosophy and History of FOSS, FOSS Development and Community, FOSS Business, Case Studies, FOSS Government and more. Slides for the text: http://teachingopensource.org/learning-material/slides-intro-foss/

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A Fair(y) Use Tale

Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms.

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The Open Source Way

The Open Source Way is a book shows how to (and how not to) engage with the community members on projects of any type by practicing the open source way. This handbook distills years of knowledge our community members have gained while running open source projects.

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Producing Open Source Software

Producing Open Source Software is a book about the human side of open source development. It describes how successful projects operate, the expectations of users and developers, and the culture of free software. The book is released under an open copyright. You can buy it in bookstores, order copies from O’Reilly Media, or browse and download it here.

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Open Source Software: the Challenge Ahead

For open source software, the real challenge lies ahead — taking free software to the mass market, to your grandparents, to your nieces and nephews, to your friends. If we are to be successful we need to articulate the audacious goals clearly and loudly – because that’s how the community process works best.

, Mark Shuttleworth, CERN
Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman’s Crusade for Free Software

Free as in Freedom interweaves biographical snapshots of GNU project founder Richard Stallman with the political, social and economic history of the free software movement.

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Intro to FOSS (Activity)

Learner will gain an introduction to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), its philosophy, and how it might benefit students.

, FOSS, foss2serve.org
FOSS Politics Writing Activity

This activity helps student investigate politics within the open-source community.

politics, foss2serve.org
Think for Good – Hacking Government Open Data

Students will visit a government open data portal, assess the findability, readability, and usability of a data set, and articulate a strategy for improving the data set.

, HFOSS, open data, foss2serve.org
Open Vs Proprietary Mock Debate

A teacher holds a mock debate in-class around which software paradigm is superior, Open Source or Proprietary. Initially the students prepare for it through research and argument structuring. Afterwards, they hold the in-class debate, allowing each side to talk and rebut. The event could also beneficially take place on IRC chat.

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Origins of Free Libre Software

Students are offered some key and optional readings, whereupon they will be asked questions to answer. This can be given as homework, or as an in-class quiz. The questions are a mix of definitive and open-ended questions. Answers and grading-suggestions are given.

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