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Training Course

A Beginner’s Guide to Open Source Software Development (LFD102)

This free course introduces developers to the key concepts in developing open source software. It covers the who (successful projects and communities), what (definition), why (benefits), where (Git) and how (licensing, compliance, collaboration tips, managing diversity and continuous development & integration).

Course Rating
4.4/5 Stars
Who Is It For

This course is addressed to software developers seeking to understand the ‘rules of the road’ of creating open source software, either as a newbie or as someone with experience primarily in creating proprietary code.
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What You’ll Learn

This course will teach you the key concepts involved in developing open source software (OSS), the benefits of using OSS as compared with using proprietary products, which open source projects form the foundations of today’s worldwide technology infrastructure, how to behave properly while engaging in OSS projects, OSS licensing issues, how to make use of projects such as FOSSology and SPDX to foster compliance, best practices for long term sustainability of projects, including how to respect and encourage diversity, and the importance of GitHub and other hosting providers and advanced interfaces, such as Gerrit.
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What It Prepares You For

The course will prepare you to leverage open source software in development activities in a sustainable, compliant manner.
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Course Outline
Chapter 1. Course Introduction
Chapter 2. Open Source Software (OSS)
Chapter 3. Why Use Open Source Software?
Chapter 4. Examples of Successful OSS Projects
Chapter 5. Developing an OSS Strategy
Chapter 6. The ToDo Group
Chapter 7. The OpenChain Project
Chapter 8. How to Work in OSS Projects
Chapter 9. Continuous Integration
Chapter 10. OSS Licensing and Legal Issues
Chapter 11. Compliance Projects: Fossology, SPDX, CHAOSS
Chapter 12. Leadership vs Control and Why Projects Fail
Chapter 13. Respecting and Encouraging Diversity in OSS
Chapter 14. GitHub and Other Hosting Providers
Chapter 15. Advanced Git Interfaces: Gerrit

Lab Info
Lab exercises in this course are designed to work either on native hardware, or using a virtual machine (VM), under a hypervisor, such as those in the KVM, VMWare, or Virtual Box families. Detailed instructions to set up your lab environment are provided in the course.
Sep 2022
This course is easy to read. Even though it is for beginners, it is packaged well to enrich our knowledge and understanding.
Jul 2022
Way more useful content than expected. Should be mandatory reading for new employees. Good job to everyone involved. Now that I am a retired project manager, I would have had my employees take this course.
Jul 2022
It dealt with real life in job issues, it promoted productivity through cooperation, and it provided clearly defined roles and duties for team members.
Jun 2022
This course covers all essentials on getting to know OSS, and how to work in OSS.
Jun 2022
It kind of motivated me to look into areas that I had little, or no idea about, and now I'm pleased to say I understand the OSS world much better, despite working with OSS for more than 10 years.
Jun 2022
Covers all the aspects of OSS, and talks about both pros and cons, how to handle OSS, and how to use it in a better way.
May 2022
I liked the training platform, and the self-paced side of it. Also, the structure and the insights into the OSS history were very interesting. The chapter about the legal side was very on point, and really helped to grasp the importance of the license-picking process.