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Submission + - Bringing students to Free and Open Source. (opensource.com)

jargon82 writes: Bringing new, intelligent minds to the ranks of the Free and Open Source community is an important task, and recently some members of this community got together to help spread the knowledge. Asheesh Laroia of the openhatch knows this better than most. The project's goal is to make it easier for anyone with an interest to jump right in and contribute to Free and Open Source Software projects.
To this end, and with some help, an event was held in Philadelphia to bring undergraduates into the FOSS world.

This event took place at the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and involved thirty students from Penn and beyond. These students were hand picked: Each of them applied for a spot at the event, and the only those who were the most excited were chosen to take part. The 2 day long event (the article only covers the first day) aimed to teach these students how to be a part of the community and apply their own skills to the myriad of projects out there, through four modules in online communication, how to get, build, and modify source, project organization, and basic Linux and command line skills.

Events like this point towards a bright future for Free and Open Source software.

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