Oregon, Academia & Open Source: Highlights from the OSU Open Source Lab



You’re likely already aware that the Oregon State University Open Source Lab hosts some of the world’s most high-profile open source projects, from the Linux Kernel to the Apache Software Foundation. But did you know that OSU Open Source Lab releases its own software, teaches university students about open source development and that we’re spinning up a testing cluster for open source projects?


In this talk, Jeff Sheltren will take the audience on a tour of all things open source at the OSUOSL, from our homegrown open source projects like Ganeti Web Manager to our latest effort, the Supercell testing cluster. Jeff will discuss the history of the Lab, the influence of its academic roots and its future direction. As part of this exploration, Jeff will highlight ways to effectively engage university students in open source development and share lessons learned when bringing on new employees who lack a broad background in software development in open source. Finally, Jeff will touch on how the Lab forms strategic partnerships within academia and industry in support of the more than 100 open source projects hosted at the OSL.

Speaking experience


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    Jeff Sheltren is the Operations Manager of the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSL). As Operations Manager, he provides technical and organizational leadership to the OSL overseeing day-to-day operations as well as long-term strategic plans for the Lab. Jeff serves as a central point of contact between the OSL and open source communities, corporate partners, and clients of the Lab.

    Jeff first got involved in open source at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was a Senior Systems Administrator and Programmer for the Computer Science department. He currently maintains a number of packages for the Fedora Project and Fedora’s Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL), and is a member of the QA team for CentOS. In his spare time he roasts his own coffee and strives to brew the perfect espresso, and may be found walking his Golden Retriever, Ziggy, around the park.