Earlier today, reps from Oregon State University announced that Google will donate $300,000 to increase its Open Source Lab‘s capacity to support various open source related projects. Here’s an excerpt from the Oregonian with more:
The new funds will support growth and projects at a lab that has hosted some of the world’s largest and most far-reaching open source efforts, including the Mozilla Firefox browser, portions of the One Laptop Per Child project, the Linux Foundation’s main infrastructure, Apache Web Server and the Drupal content management system.
“Open source” is a method and philosophy for software licensing and distribution designed to encourage use and improvement of software created by developers around the world by ensuring that anyone can copy the source code and modify it freely. While some see that as a challenge to commercial software development, others embrace the approach as a catalyst for creativity.
“We’re grateful for Google’s support of the Open Source Lab and are committed to continuing to fulfill the promises of collaboration and innovation that the open source model makes possible,” said Curt Pederson, vice provost for Information Services at OSU and chief information officer for the Oregon University System.
OSU’s Open Source Lab seeks to create an atmosphere of innovation for students, faculty, and staff by providing an open, diverse environment for development and collaboration. As part of its mission, the OSL offers a professional hosting environment to the open source community, as well as software development services to industry. It is preparing to present the fourth-annual Government Open Source Conference this fall, a leading annual event that brings together U.S. and international public agency technology leadership on open source solutions.