OS Project Comparison Activity

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Title OS Project Comparison Activity
Overview In this activity, students compare and contrast three different open source projects (Android, Ushahidi, Red Hat). Students will gain a basic understanding of why these exist as open source projects and how they function. Additionally, students will explore the open source licensing used by each. Students will read material about each project and answer specific questions for the comparison.
Prerequisite Knowledge None.
Learning Objectives
* Learn the purpose of an open source project
* Learn the different kinds of licenses under which projects are developed
* Learn the reason a specific project is created
* Learn how to contribute to an open source project


Is there background reading material?

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  • While this activity is tailored with three specific project, it can be used for any projects of choice if there is a point of comparison.


Given the following material for three different open source projects:

  1. Android Development Platform
  2. Ushahidi
  3. RedHat

Answer the following questions:

  1. What is each Project about?
  2. Why is listed project open source?
  3. What kind of open project is it? ( hint: find the project license)
  4. How can you contribute to that specific project


Submit a report including your answers. Your answer for each of the questions should be a page to a page and half long.


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Additional Information:

Knowledge Area/Knowledge Unit Social Issues and Professional Practice/Intellectual Property
Topic Foundations of the open source movement [Familiarity]
Level of Difficulty Introductory
Estimated Time to Completion 3-4 hours
Materials/Environment Internet access required
Author Darci Burdge, Ruby El Kharboutly, Gina Likins, Lori Postner
Source N/A
License Under which license is this material made available? (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/)

Suggestions for the Open Source Project:

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

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