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Updated: Feb 8, 2023

The Latest From Code Savvy - What's the deal with Open Source?

In the 2022 State of Open Source report, OpenLogic found that 77% of organizations were more reliant on open source software than they were even twelve months prior. The speed and agility they find with open source development is making innovation happen across many industries.

Learning how to contribute to open source projects is an invaluable skill to have. Students need to learn how to fork a repo, collaborate with other developers, and keep aware of the latest and greatest advancements in the field of open source software solutions.

Take ChatGPT, for example. This open-source AI software is taking the world by a storm. So much so, schools are preemptively banning it so students won’t use it to help them with homework. Good, bad, or indifferent, it might be better to teach students how to use technology like ChatGPT and other AI generators as the leverage tools that they are, rather than forbidding their use at all. If we’ve learned anything from YouTube’s journey down that same path in the schools, the kids are going to use it anyway, so we may as well embrace it and help them learn to use it in a meaningful way.

There are so many great examples of widely embraced open-source projects, and so many people contributing to their advancement - it builds community and helps spread knowledge - both incredibly good things!

If you’re interested in getting more involved in the Open Source community here in MN, you should attend the Open Source North conference coming up in May - always great sessions to learn from, and great people to meet!

This Week’s Spotlight and Project-Inspiration Theme: Free and Open Source Software Month

February is Free and Open Source Software month! This month we focus on acknowledging the importance of sharing, open licensing, and no cost in computer programming. Open source software is software that includes the source code, is made available to all, and is free. The communities behind this active open-source software have allowed it to rise in popularity and create a space where people can freely pass around applications and ideas.

Open-source software is used in many industries, including education. There are many benefits to its use in education, like the flexibility and cost-benefits it provides. These programs allow a higher number of students to have access to coding programs and to customize their initial coding experiences. Check out this website to learn about 14 open-source programs for students to participate in!

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