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A free software portfolio: The importance of free software in computer science

Tom Callaway

As Free Software becomes more widespread in technology solutions across all industries, there is demand for workers who not only have experience with Free Software tools, but also for those who can help organizations to become involved in those communities. Companies are increasingly looking to take the leap from consumer to contributor, but they are often unsure how to actually proceed. I will discuss the idea of exposing students to the ideas and tools that Free Software depends on, with the explicit goal of enabling students to build a technology portfolio that helps them to stand out and teaches them how to work collaboratively and transparently. There are some success stories to tell, but I hope that this talk will inspire other educators to incorporate Free Software concepts into their standard curriculum.


6 years, 8 months ago

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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


The views of the speaker may not represent the Free Software Foundation. The Foundation supports the free software cause and freedom to share, and basic freedoms in the digital domain, but has no position on other political issues.