On Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM, Adam Bolte <boltron...@gmail.com> wrote:
> If this statement is to be believed, either things have changed a lot
> recently, or other universities take [F]OSS much more seriously than the one I
> went to did.
Former ANU SWEng student here. The wider university wasn't
particularly free software friendly (but not hostile, either), just
the usual indifference. (I do remember using scilab in one of my
computational courses from the Department of Mathematics, though.) The
CSIT labs were all running GNU/Linux (various versions of Kubuntu,
mainly). The introductory programming course is currently taught using
Haskell on GHC, with Java in later years and an assortment of other
languages for particular courses. The friendly neighbourhood admin was
(and probably still is) active on the local LUG list. Most assignment
work expected that you'd have sufficient access to a GNU/Linux system
and the local student society ran installfests. Some of the year-long
software engineering projects (I think these were equivalent to
Melbourne University's 433-340 and 433-440?) were windows-based, but
you could ask to be put on a team that didn't use windows.
ANU was also offering a masters-level course COMP8440 - Free and Open
Source Software development, and it looks like it will do so next
> On Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 11:21:20AM +1100, Adrian Colomitchi wrote:
>> Hi guys,
>> I think you might be interested to get a perspective on the degree of
>> use of OSS around the world, at least the way it looks like from Spain.
>> "The United States, Australia and the Western European countries lead
>> the development and adoption of open source software."
>> "In the public sector, Europe has experienced greater penetration."
>> "In the Pacific region, Australia stands out as one of the countries
>> with the highest degree of open source software adoption in the world,
>> thanks to its active communities of OSS developers who participate in
>> international projects. The universities also play a very important role
>> in both training qualified ICT personnel and participating in OSS
>> projects. The Australian business sector spends a significant part of
>> its R&D budget on OSS projects, which results in the country having a
>> large subsector of open source software companies within the ICT sector
>> and in the presence of OSS centres of excellence in the country. This is
>> accompanied by a policy of support by the government, which has
>> encouraged the adoption of OSS by the Public Sector."
>> What? To me, it doesn't feel quite right, but maybe my "basement" is
>> deep enough to "shield" me from the marvellous extent of OSS in the
>> Australian public sector?
>> Any additional info you may have specifically on this? The links at page
>> 98 look rather old, are these policies and guides still actual for the
>> public sector ?
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