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Re: Resolution for University Support of OSS

  • Subject: Re: Resolution for University Support of OSS
  • From: High Plains Thumper <hpt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2006 18:06:19 +0000 (UTC)
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"billwg" <bill@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: 
> High Plains Thumper wrote:
> Well, thumper, it's been some 3 and a half years in the
> making, so what are the Bulls touting now?

Well Bill, been spending too much time on the magnolia
plantation lately, eh?  It's time to wake up and smell the


> Linux
> Introduction To Linux
> What Is Linux?
> Linux is a free, open source, UNIX operating system that
> runs on several different kinds of computing hardware. 
> There are several different distributions of Linux forthe
> PC. A Linux distribution is a collection of software that
> includes the Linux kernel, which is the core of the
> operating system, and other software that runs on it. Most
> major distributions of Linux include an extensive set of
> applications, utilities, programming tools, a graphical
> interface, and amusements.
> Why Would I Want To Run Linux?
> As mentioned above, the Linux operating system itself is
> available free of charge as is most, although not all, of
> the software that runs on it. The system requirements for
> running Linux and most Linux programs are generally less
> than the system requirements for running the latest
> versions of Microsoft Windows and similar Windows
> applications. This means that you can often get away with
> using an older, less powerful, and less expensive computer
> to perform similar tasks than you could on a computer
> running Microsoft Windows. 
> Linux and most Linux software is open source, meaning that
> the original programmers' source code is available for
> inspection and modification. Linux is also a UNIX operating
> system. These features make Linux an extremely powerful,
> flexible, and highly configurable operating system
> andsoftware development platform. 


> Linux Downloads
> On this page you will find links to download UBLinux 4,
> Red Hat Enterprise Linux, as well as a tarball of RPMs
> containing various software used in UBLinux. 
> NOTE: You will need to be on campus or using the VPN Client
> to access the download sites. 

> VPN Client for Linux
> The VPN Client is required to access the above downloads if
> you have an off-campus Internet connection. Documentation
> for the VPN Client for Linux is available as well. 
>    * Proceed to the VPN Client Linux Download Site.


> Mission Statement
> The Open Source Unix Working Group is a subgroup of the
> Distributed Computing Consultants. Its mission is to
> provide a forum for University at Buffalo faculty, students
> and staff to discuss issues regarding open source UNIX
> operating systems, such as Linux, NetBSD and FreeBSD and
> their use on campus.
> Announcements
> Campus-wide Red Hat Network provisioning service available.
> UBLinux 4 ISO CD images are available for download.
> There are 68 workstations running the SENS version of
> UBLinux in the Bell 101 public computing site. 


> COIN-OR: Open-source software for Operations Research --
> What, Why and How
> Robin Lougee-Heimer
> IBM TJ Watson Research Center
> 2/17/06, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., 337 Bell Hall
> The COmputational INfrastructure for Operations Research
> (COIN-OR, http://www.coin-or.org/) is an initiative to
> promote open-source software for the operations research
> (OR) community. In OR practice and research, software is
> fundamental. The dependence of OR on software implies that
> the ways in which software is developed, managed, and
> distributed can have a significant impact on the field.
> Open source is a relatively new software development and
> distribution model which offers advantages over current
> practices. Its viability depends on the precise definition
> of open source, on the culture of a distributed developer
> community, and on a version-control system which makes
> distributed development possible. In this talk, we review
> *what* is open-source software and describe the elements of
> this open-source library, *why* IBM spearheaded the COIN-
> OR initiative (and continues to support it today), and
> *how* the open- source software freely available on COIN-OR
> is being used by companies, universities, and researchers.
> As of November 2004 COIN-OR has been managed by the
> nonprofit COIN-OR Foundation, Inc. 


> Open Source Workflow Management System with a Task
> Scheduling Tool 
> Parikshit Nukala
> 05/03/06, 4:00 pm, 341 Bell Hall
> In today?s world of globalization, businesses are driven
> with the challenge of delivering services to the end user
> quickly and at minimum cost in order to stay ahead of the
> competition. This challenge brings forth a myriad of
> approaches to redesign the way companies manage their
> business processes. Since, the 90?s the information
> technology advances have resulted in a class of business
> support products called WorkflowManagement Systems.
> Work-flow management systems (WfMSs) are software systems
> for supporting coordination and cooperation among members
> of an organization, helping them to perform complex
> business processes. However current WfMS have some
> limitations, an important one being the lack of effective
> scheduling and task assignment mechanisms. Joshi and Nagi
> (2003) proposed a robust algorithm based on
> branch-and-price framework addressing both the static and
> reactive scheduling cases in workflow management systems.
> We integrate this algorithm with an open source workflow
> management system called OpenWFE to generate optimal task
> assignments and schedules for the workflow system. This
> integration is achieved by developing an application called
> Schedule Deployer and POOL Updater (SDPU) in C#.NET which
> reads the results given by the algorithm and updates the
> workflow definition files of the OpenWFE system on the fly.
> In this way optimal schedules and task assignments are
> deployed in the workflow system. We also demonstrate the
> benefits of this integration under dynamic scenarios where
> occurrences of uncertainties such as change in priority of
> a workflow, change in processing time of a task, and
> addition/deletion of workflows are present. 


> University of Buffalo faculty goes for open source

> Related News The University of Buffalo (New York) Faculty
> Senate has passed a resolution calling for the use of open
> source software and open file formats at the University.
> The resolution cites the needs for free information flow,
> privacy, and cost containment. "...open-source, or 'free'
> software provides an alternative to proprietary operating
> systems and application software that is robust, reliable
> and trustworthy, and provides a means for the University
> community to retain complete control of its computer
> hardware and software, and to retain the rights of Fair Use
> of information, and preserve the means to adapt computer
> systems to specific research and personal needs..." 

> Nice wording on this one:
> 9 WHEREAS, open-source, or "free" software provides an
> alternative to proprietary operating systems and
> application software that is robust, reliable and
> trustworthy, and provides a means for the University
> community to retain complete control of its computer
> hardware and software, and to retain the rights of Fair Use
> of information, and preserve the means to adapt computer
> systems to specific research and personal needs; 


or http://tinyurl.com/h4xjn

> Date:         Thu, 9 Mar 2006 11:22:41 -0500> 
> Reply-To:     Systems Librarianship
> Sender:       Systems Librarianship
> From:         "Drew, Bill"
> Subject:      Survey on Open Source Software in L>ibraries

> Greetings, Nylink invites you to participate in this survey
> on Open Source Software in Libraries. The goal of this
> survey, which has been created by the Nylink Open Source
> Advisory Group, comprised of librarians from Nylink member
> libraries and Nylink staff, is to collect information about
> the use of open source software in libraries. In
> particular, we hope to determine what open source software
> is being used in libraries or related organizations, and
> what the determining factors are in whether or not open
> source software is in use. Results of the survey will be
> disseminated in Spring 2006. The survey is at
> http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB224ZXHBAYFD. The
> survey will remain open until March 31st. 


or http://tinyurl.com/gl9hw

> Date:      	Mon, 21 Jan 2002 14:23:53 -0500
> Reply-To:    	Sandy Peters
> Sender:   	DCC Discussion List
> From:       	Sandy Peters
> Subject:   	Open Source/Linux & Academic Computing at 
> Other Universities 

> I'm just starting to compile info on what other R1 schools
> are doing with open source sw and/or linux: if you are
> interested in this topic, you might want to check out NC
> State's Open Source Policy and implementation at:
> http://www.ncsu.edu/it/open_source/ Click on NC State
> adopts open source policy 
> NC State has not adopted the "there's one right answer"
> approach to technology development in academic computing,
> but has adopted open source as a strategic philosophy in
> academic computing and "will promote, integrate, and
> develop open source solutions" and "make open source
> options available when it makes sense to do so." 
> Many faculy members at NC State are working in the open
> source realm: developing applications and researching
> development of non-proprietary code. They are partnering
> with Red Hat and IBM in this effort. 
> NC State is also part of the Open Knowledge Initiative with
> MIT, Stanford, Dartmouth, U. Penn and U. Wisconsin. 
> Other R1 schools (very preliminary research on my part)
> that are hot beds of open source activity include U
> Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), U Minnesota, and
> Indiana-Bloomington. Many schools now are piloting linux> 
> computing labs. 
> There is, of course, lots of open source effort in the
> schools that are leaders in the high performance computing
> and bioinformatics arenas, and snowballing (seems like an
> appropriate adjective for today) interest in linux for web
> servers. 


Blog software in use:

> GTDTW Version 1.0.6
> TiddlyWiki is published by Jeremy Ruston at Osmosoft under
> a BSD open source license 
> GTD TiddlyWiki is a modification by Nathan Bowers at
> Snapgrid under the same license terms. 

Well, what-du-yah-know, University of California at Berkeley
has a like resolution as well: 



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