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Open source challenges students to think

Apr 23, 2009, 23:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sol E. Solomon)

"Roman Tuma, software practice director at Sun Microsystems, Asia South, said the open source model offers an entirely new way for developers and "increasingly knowledgeable", interactive users to collaborate and build upon the shared work done in the development of OSS.

"Arun Kumar, senior director, services and pre-sales at Red Hat, emphasized in a phone interview that there are two types of learning--theoretical and hands-on practical learning.

""In the past, I was given a piece of software, I was told how it would work, and I had no way to contribute any kind of valuable feedback," he said. However, he added that with open source, the instructor, in a hands-on lesson on device drivers, would start teaching the theory aspect and then reveal the driver's actual source code to the students.

"According to Kumar, this mode of teaching challenges the students to think about how they would write a device driver."

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