What is the Open Source Lab?
The Oregon State University Open Source Lab is the home of growing, high-impact open source communities. Its world-class hosting services enable the Linux operating system, Apache web server, the Drupal content management system and over 50 other leading open source software projects to collaborate with contributors and distribute software to millions of users globally. Through custom software development, vendor partnerships and industry events like the Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON), the Lab's staff and students encourage open source adoption in education, government, health care and other sectors.
 What is Open Source Software?
"Open source" means that the building blocks for a program are freely available to use, modify, and improve. This provides for rapid software development by contributors worldwide, and the resulting program is available for anyone to use, anywhere, free of charge.
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 Open Source is all about contributions.
Countless numbers of developers are all giving of their time and talents to code, document, test, design, and deliver software so that the end user may benefit from it. The Open Source Lab is here to contribute resources to the community, allowing developers to focus on what they do best rather than having to spend time worrying about system resources and hosting. To continue operating, we need your contributions as well.

Latest OSUOSL News


The second-annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON), the premier global gathering on open source technology and solutions for public sector IT professionals, is scheduled for Oct. 12-13 in Portland, Oregon. Designed for information technology executives and managers in national, state and local governments, GOSCON features in-depth sessions on open source implementation and best practices, as well as presentations from industry luminaries such as Brian Behlendorf and Larry Augustin.

“The adoption of open source software for all forms of governmental applications is rapidly expanding,” said Deborah Bryant, conference director. “We’re also seeing other interesting management-related trends in the public sector, such as the addition of open source projects to agency portfolios as a means to recruit and retain staff and increase their skill set. Last year’s conference drew such an enthusiastic and response that we’re looking forward to a very exciting event this fall.”

Splunk Logo San Francisco – June 26, 2006 – Splunk (www.splunk.com) today announced that the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) is using Splunk, the industry's first search software for fast moving IT data, to help in its mission to manage systems that support thousands of open source developers worldwide. With Splunk's advanced log file search capabilities saving many man-hours, the lab has been able to maintain staffing levels while still tripling in size.

IBM has contributed a IBM 970 processor-based Apple Power Mac G5 providing the Linux Open Source development community free access to a 64-bit Linux on Power Architecture platform. Accounts will be free and open to developers worldwide who are wishing to develop on a 64 big PPC platform. For more information, please visit powerdev.osuosl.org