Ever want to study open-source technology? This fall, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) launched the nation’s first minor in free and open-source software (FOSS) and free culture. Here’s the announcement from RIT.
The program was created due to student interest and the growing demand for IT pros with FOSS skills. The course allows students to develop “a deep understanding of the processes, practices, technologies, and financial, legal and societal impacts of the FOSS and free culture movements.” Each student minoring in FOSS will take a course that allows them to contribute to an existing humanitarian FOSS project.
The awesome thing about this program is the collaboration that will come out of it. Even if you can’t code, you can still be a part of this minor and help make an impact. Students from many different concentrations will be able to come together and solve various humanitarian projects in their communities.
As the article points out, nearly all technological innovations use open-source coding as a framework. Companies are definitely starting to take notice: Red Hat, a leading provider of open-source solutions, even donated laptops to help kickstart the RIT courses.
It will be interesting to see how the FOSS minor develops, and how other universities respond.