POSSE California CS

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Applications for Summer 2010 POSSEs are now being accepted. See Apply to an upcoming POSSE for details.


POSSE is a bootcamp sponsored by Red Hat designed to immerse computer science instructors in open source projects, with the commitment that each participating instructor bring their classes into open source project participation over the next school year. More details on the program are available at http://teachingopensource.org/index.php/POSSE.

Join us!

There is no cost to attend a POSSE, though attendees are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and expenses. Apply today!

More information for attendees (directions, hotel recommendations, parking/transport logistics, etc) is available at the POSSE California CS attendees page.



Watch this space during POSSE week for coverage by the media.


Watch this space during POSSE week for blog posts by POSSE participants and instructors!

Follow the POSSE

There are a number of spaces where POSSE participants interact aside from the physical CMU Silicon Valley location.

  • Wiki: this POSSE is using the TeachingOpenSource wiki space. Please feel free to edit any of these pages. If you're creating new pages, please prefix the page title with "POSSE California CS."
  • IRC: The channel on Freenode will be used for POSSE-specific IRC communication. Participants are encouraged to join the larger TeachingOpenSource community in the #teachingopensource as well.
  • Mailing list: Join the teaching open source mailing list for discussion and ongoing session notes.

Event information

Red Hat


July 6-10, 2010 (Tuesday - Saturday)


Red Hat's California office
444 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA




Attendees for this POSSE are still being selected - if you're interested, please apply!

Topic Schedule

This schedule is flexible, but gives an idea of the agenda we will be covering.

Theme: Open Source Development and Teaching
Day: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning A (~8:30-break) Overview from 20000 feet - What Open Source is about; intro to the Fedora and Mozilla projects; our teaching model; learning plan for the week Getting and building source - Obtaining source, build environment and tools, build systems, building Using Bugzilla - Intro to Bugzilla, what is a bug?, bugzilla basics, writing a good bug/comment, review, bugmail

Submit Fedora packages for review.

(Developing in Community Continued)

Debugging and testing - Debugging tools and techniques overview/ demo, debug and release builds, source servers, debuggers, stack traces

Teaching Open Source - What we've learned, examination of the teaching techniques used through the week, and a look at the particular challenges of teaching within the community (e.g., grading, etc).

Wrap-up Session - What does your course look like? (presentations), spreading the flame, staying in touch, feedback.

Morning B (break-12:00) Community & Communication - How communication provides the 'Open'; F2F, synch and async communication; communication tools; synthetic third culture. Developing in Community - Navigating/ searching, changing, testing, creating patches Open Source Collaborative Development - Solving problems in a team.
Afternoon (1 - ~3 (will vary)) IRC lab - Working with colleagues exclusively online RPM Packaging Basics - What they are, how to use them, and how to create them UI Bug - Altering/enhancing the user interface in Firefox, creating a patch, having it reviewed Student Project Case Studies
Evening Welcome - Welcome, Introductions/Icebreakers, Open Source overview, Plans for the Week

Notebook setup

Overnight deliverable: Get online (Create accounts (FAS, Wiki, Blog, Planet, IRC); create a personal wiki page; try at least 3 IRC clients, pick one, blog about it, check that blog is on Planet POSSE) Overnight deliverable: Create a package for Fedora. We'll get them into the review process on Wednesday. Overnight deliverable: Push packages through review, review the UI lab patches. Dinner with Open Source community members.


Anyone is welcome to help organize and plan this POSSE. Please see POSSE California CS Planning for details.

For ease of sharing purposes, this webpage has a short URL identifier: http://bit.ly/POSSECALI2010