PSU CS 410/510 OSS

Open Source Software Development
Summer 2011 (21 June—11 August)
Morning Section: UH 1030-1250 (Sec 1, 410 CRN 80471, 510 CRN 80476)
Afternoon Section: UH 1530-1750 (Sec 2, 410 CRN 80470, 510 CRN 80477)
Evening Section: UH 1930-2150 (Sec 6, 410 CRN 82951, 510 CRN 82952)
Lab: FAB 88-09 (CS Linux Lab)

Welcome. This Wiki is dedicated to our project course in open source software development for the UNIX environment.

If you are a student, please begin by registering on this Wiki by clicking the Edit button at the top of this page. Use the passcode given to you in class. A Wiki is a collaborative web site: once you're registered, you can (and should) help maintain these pages, and use the site as a work area.

The course email list (for registered users only) is at (to sign up, click here). On the rare occasion that someone is hanging on IRC, they'll be at irc://

There is also an e-mail discussion list associated with this website that you may be interested in.

Much information is available at the pages of the 2010 offering of this course.

Other offerings that are still available: 2009 2008 2007

Contact Info


  • bart, 21 Jun 2011: wiki up

User and Project Pages

Once we are up and running, every developer/team should put a link in the course projects area. The pages of individual users also often have links to project pages. There's a list of things that should be on the project page. You will need to pick a day and time for your final presentation.

Web Resources

Free Project Hosting


  • SCORE - Service Corps of Retired Executives: Great for general small-business advice, free.
  • OTBC - Oregon Technology Business Center: Business startup incubator, great resources, cheap.
  • PSBA - Portland State Business Accelerator: Don't know too much about their current status.
  • Startup Weekend: Good way to get started in a friendly environment.
  • Calagator: Go network.


121 JuneIntroduction, Projects
123 JuneOpen Source Bridge Day
228 JuneProject Setup
230 JuneSource Code Management; GIT
35 JulyLegal/Ethical
37 JulyMakefiles and Autotools
412 JulyScripting and Tools
414 JulyDebugging
519 JulyBusiness and Jobs
521 JulyLegal Discussion with IP Attorney TBA
626 JulyWork Day
628 JulyOSCON Day
72 Aug Project Deployment
74 Aug Work Day
89 Aug Project Presentations
811 Aug Project Presentations

Final project requirements

(see also here)

  • project home page
  • name + project name
  • description (1-2 paragraphs)
  • user/dev docs (have someone review them)
  • source:
    • SCMS repo link
    • option: tarball (autobuild? Only use if the SCMS is weird)
    • option: binaries (autobuild? platform-specific?)
    • "stable" commits or tarballs
  • Build instructions:
    • checkout/download
    • prereqs
    • build instructions
    • install instructions
  • Contact: email/list/bug tracker
  • License

Final project due: Friday, August 12th at 5:00 PM

A note on plagiarism: You are expected to follow the PSU student conduct code. Plagiarism is using other people's intellectual work (code, writing, ideas) without proper attribution. Open source is all about sharing code and ideas, but if you take them without saying where you got them you are a plagiarist; if I catch you I will be unimaginably unhappy.