Why should you host your OSS project at the Open Source Lab*
There are a lot of free hosting providers out there for open source projects, but not many offer the flexibility and support that the Open Source Lab has. Our hosting ranges from shared web hosting to fully managed servers to just smart hands support. We're here to help expand the open source community to the next level.
The OSU Open Source Lab is a leader in OSS project hosting and has helped several large projects grow and expand over the years. Many projects could benefit from getting hosting from the OSL but they many not know or realize what we can do for them. This proposal will cover some of the best practices we follow and how we can help OSS projects. It will also cover how we can help your OSS project with hosting.
Some of the topics I will cover will be:
- Overall process for getting hosting
- Common challenges we face
- Cover the OSS ecosystem we help maintain
- Examples of how we help projects with their hosting
- Student involvement
- How you can help us
- Reasons your project may not be a good fit at the OSL
OSU Open Source Lab
Lance Albertson is the Director for the Oregon State University Open Source Lab and has been involved with the Gentoo Linux project as a developer and package maintainer since 2003. Since joining the OSUOSL in 2007, Lance has managed all of the hosting activities that the OSL provides for nearly 160 high-profile open source projects. He was recently promoted to Director in early 2013 after being the Lead Systems Administration and Architect since 2007.
Prior to joining the OSUOSL, Lance was a UNIX Administrator for the Enterprise Server Technologies group at Kansas State University. Lance prepared for life as a career systems administrator by grappling with natural systems first, joining his father near Hiawatha, Kansas on the family farm growing corn and soybeans.
In his free time he helps organize Beaver BarCamp and plays trumpet in a local jazz group The Infallible Collective. He holds a B.A. in Agriculture Technology Management from Kansas State University, where he minored in Agronomy and Computer Science.
- Title: Layers of Caching: Key to scaling your website
- Track: Chemistry
- Room: Hawthorne
- Time: 1:45 – 2:30pm
Caching is essential to ensuring that your website will survive a large spike in traffic. With so many different forms of caching, how are you supposed to know what works and why you should use it? The key is layering your site with several forms of caching.
- Speakers: Lance Albertson, Narayan Newton