This is a press release courtesy of OSU
In yet another show of support for open source projects, Google has made another $300,000 gift to the Oregon State University Open Source Lab, increasing its cumulative support of academia’s premiere open source development and hosting operation to more than $1 million. The new funds will support OSL efforts to provide hosting services used by many of today's most recognized open source projects and communities.
“Oregon State University is proud to continue our global open source outreach efforts as part of our 21st century land grant mission,” said OSU President Ed Ray. “Without support from Google and many other companies and individuals, it would be impossible to continue our work. Google sets an example that we hope others will follow as we prepare to celebrate the Open Source Lab’s sixth year of operation.”
The OSL is also participating this year as a mentoring organization in the annual Google Summer of Code program. This marks OSL’s fourth year as a participant. Google Summer of Code is a program which allows student programmers a chance to spend their summer working on open source projects. Google Summer of Code offers student developers stipends in exchange for contributing to various open source projects.
“The Google Summer of Code program is a great opportunity for students, not only at OSU, but all around the world,” explained Jeff Sheltren, operations manager of the OSL. “Students are able to build valuable coding experience, create long-lasting relationships with other developers, and experience first-hand how the open source development process works.”
The latest contribution from Google is part of the Campaign for OSU, a comprehensive fundraising campaign that was publicly launched in late 2007. The campaign has set a goal of raising $625 million to be used for scholarships and fellowships, new research and learning facilities, endowments, and more. To date, the campaign has raised over $507 million.