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OSL's April 2013 Newsletter

by Mitchell Garcia on Wed, May 01 2013
Lance Albertson

Below is a summary of the Open Source Lab's tri-annual newsletter. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, visit our sign up form.

Letter from the Director

Dear Friends,

After working for nearly six years as the Oregon State University Open Source Lab’s lead systems engineer and the associate director, I became the lab’s new director in January. My involvement in the open source community began in 2003 with the Gentoo Linux distribution, and I am excited for the opportunity I will have to continue promoting and supporting FOSS in my new role. The OSL is unique for its heavy reliance on a student workforce to power the lab, and I plan to find new ways to further develop and expand our students’ abilities.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the OSL and we're proud to see what we've accomplished over the past decade. I want to extend my thanks to everyone who has helped and contributed to the lab during those 10 years. It’s amazing to think how much the lab has impacted the open source ecosystem during that time. We can only imagine what the next 10 years will be like, but I know that the lab will continue to be a key player in the FOSS ecosystem.

In other news, the lab has been selected for a seventh straight year as a Google Summer of Code 2013 mentoring organization. I'm proud to see the lab participating in this program again and look forward to interacting with students from all over the world. In addition we had another successful Beaver BarCamp this past weekend with more than 150 people in attendance, including a regiment of at least 35 students from Portland State University and several past OSL students and staff. We look forward to having our next Beaver BarCamp October 12, 2013.

In closing, I would like to thank all of the lab staff and students who work hard on a daily basis to improve the FOSS ecosystem. They do amazing work!

Best wishes,

Lance Albertson

New Projects at the OSL

The list of projects and communities the OSL supports through hosting and other services is always growing. Notable projects that have recently found a home at the OSL include:


A thriving email community for women in computing, Systers has been connecting and supporting women in computer science since 1987. The project came to the OSL this year in need of a managed hosting provider with experience hosting Mailman mailing lists. The lab is now hosting two virtual machines for Systers, one for their production mailman lists and a second one for open source development of patches that will eventually become part of Mailman 3.0.

Python Software Foundation

Python Software Foundation

As a large foundation, the Python Software Foundation has been previously scattered about various data centers around the world. PSF was looking for a more permanent home for many of its services and chose the OSL. The lab has hosted a Ganeti private cloud for PSF since spring 2012, and the project has continued moving various services to the OSL-managed cloud.