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Nov 22 2010   3:24PM GMT

Red Hat expands open source into the classroom

Ryan Arsenault Ryan Arsenault Profile: Ryan Arsenault

The release of RHEL 6 wasn’t the only big recent news to come out of the Red Hat camp – the open source leader announced that it’s bringing open source into the classroom.

Red Hat is working with professors around the world in incorporating open source into higher education computer science coursework and programs. Its sponsorship of POSSE (Professors’ Open Source Summer Experience) workshops is driving the initiative. The march to getting students educated in FOSS is especially urgent with the need for graduates with the right open source skills expected to rise over the coming years.

POSSE launched in July 2009 as a week-long workshop for professors interested in getting their students involved in the FOSS community as part of coursework. It has also been instrumental in getting disciplines outside of computer science exposed to open source. For instance, a POSSE workshop at Rochester Institute of Technology introduced FOSS to journalism professors. The expansion of gaining interest in FOSS through the program into formal open source collegiate coursework is only expected to further cement the need for open source as an educational tool to usher in the next generation of IT.

What do you think of Red Hat’s plans to bring open source into collegiate coursework? Is open source the future of computer science? What other projects should get involved? Sound off @LinuxTT on Twitter. You can also read the full Red Hat announcement right here.

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