The first edition of Red Hat's POSSE program -- Professors' Open Source Summer Experience -- kicks off tonight (Sunday) and continues through Friday. Based on the premise that Open Source is best taught by someone with one foot in the academic world and one foot in an open source community, this week will be an immersive experience for five professors from around North America.
I look forward to teaching this program with my colleague David Humphrey (also from Seneca). It's going to be an intense learning experience for us as well, because we've never passed along our open source teaching model in a bootcamp format.
The brainchild of Greg DeKoenigsberg, POSSE's goal is to pilot a person-to-person approach to spreading the teaching of open community-based open source, and to be the first in a long line of professors' bootcamps around the world.
Working in the Open, in the Open Source Way
We'd love to have you join us online during POSSE. You can follow the play-by-play via @posse2009 on Twitter, or better yet, interact directly with the participants on the #teachingopensource-posse channel on the Freenode IRC network. Because we're teaching community-based open source, you will also see the POSSE participants popping up in various open source projects, including Mozilla and Fedora.
Help Wanted: Fedora Packaging Sponsors
We're going to be doing some Fedora packaging. If you're a Fedora packaging sponsor and have a bit of time later this week to accelerate some FE-NEEDSPONSOR cases, I'd appreciate your help Wednesday onward. Ian Weller (who is himself a packaging sponsor) and I will be working directly with the participants and doing initial reviews.
These are my first two books: X Power Tools, a thorough guide to the X Window System (O'Reilly, ISBN 9780596101954) and Fedora Linux: A Complete Guide to Red Hat's Community Distro, a practical hands-on book on Fedora (O'Reilly, ISBN 9780596526825).
Fedora Linux is also available for online reading through Safari and in downloadable PDF format from oreilly.com