The Dartmouth Open Source Community
we are, and what we're all about:
We are students, faculty, Dartmouth Employees, and
local community members who are interested in open-source software.
Primarily interested in Linux, our group has evolved from a simple
user group to an active voice on campus and in the community for
open-source, open-standards, and fair business practice in the software-world.
(used to) meet
every Friday at 4:00 at Collis (on the corner of Wheelock and S.
Main Street in Hanover), where we discuss our OSS projects, brainstorm
new ideas, and think about how we can get the word out.
current strategy to encourage the use of OSS within the Dartmouth
Community has three parts:
Why would anyone pay $579 for Microsoft Office when they could get
the same programs with the same features on their Mac, Windows,
or Linux box for free with Open
Office? They don't know about it. What's the difference, in
terms of output, between a development plan that includes a few
hundred engineers working in independent groups or a community of
thousands all building upon each other's ideas? It's huge. Using
our TWiki, install-fests, and public demonstrations, we hope even
a few people will come away with the truth.
With our Linux Mirror (coming online in May), we can make it easy
and bandwidth-friendly for Dartmouth students to use Debian, Redhat,
and YellowDog Linux. But what about those special things like Blitzmail,
GreenPrint, and Kerberos? Using our pre-configured setups, even
the most green user will be ready for anything. And, with our CVS-based
open-development model, we're ready, along with anyone who might
want to help, to improve Darttmouth-specific software and
taylor other OSS software to our needs.
As our active mailing-list demonstrates, it's pretty nice to have
a lot of people who've been down the same road as you when you run
into a bump with OSS at Dartmouth. Of course, some people don't
have the time to go through our mail archives. That's why we've
worked so hard to put our TWiki::DOSC together, a collection of
information on how to make things work that, just like OSS, is open
to everyone, and constantly improving. Of course, the really big
news will be online in two weeks. Sorry Tony and you guys at the
Help Desk, we're keeping this to ourselves for a little bit.
you're interested in getting started with Linux and want some help,
or if you want to get involved, please check out our TWiki,
contact us, or come on up to Collis some
Friday at four (not current info).