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DevOps for University Students

Lance Albertson (Oregon State University Open Source Lab), E. Dunham (Mozilla)
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Over the past ten years, the OSU Open Source Lab has provided an amazing program for undergraduate students. Many of our students have gone on to create their own successful startups and have changed the landscape of open source themselves. However, our program at the lab does not meet the increasing needs of industry and of Oregon State students. These students require a program that teaches the basics of Devops, without hiring them at the OSUOSL.

This session introduces a new approach we’re taking at Oregon State to teaching devops and FOSS development. Many universities focus solely on the theory of computer science. As many know, this approach doesn’t teach students the necessary skills they need to work in industry. This year, we’ve started a program called Devops Bootcamp which is a hands-on, informal workshop open to any student at Oregon State. It was modeled after the Portland State University Braindump program and modified to fit our needs.

Devops Bootcamp immerses college students in the basics of Linux, Linux system administration and FOSS development practices. For the final project, students build an entire infrastructure for a mock organization.

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Lance Albertson

Oregon State University Open Source Lab

Lance Albertson is the Director for the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSL) and has been involved with the Gentoo Linux project as a developer and package maintainer since 2003. Since joining the OSL 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 the Corvallis Beer and Blog 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.

E. Dunham


Emily is a senior in computer science at Oregon State University. Since joining the OSU Open Source Lab in April 2011 a software developer on the Ganeti Web Manager project, she has worked as an intern at Intel, a teaching assistant in the computer science department, and a systems engineer at the OSL. She founded the OSL’s DevOps Bootcamp outreach program in August 2013, and is involved with the OSU Linux Users Group and local FIRST Robotics competitions.