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A Look at Oregon State University's Open Source Lab

Aug 22, 2011, 06:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"If you're reading this article, you're making use of OSUOSL. But that's getting ahead of the story a bit. In the beginning, Albertson says that the Oregon State University president saw a sign with "www.orst.edu," and didn't want to have the "worst" edu domain. (Read it again.) That led OSU's president to get in touch with the folks running the Web site. Having drawn the attention of the university leadership to the Web presence, OSU paid more attention to hosting and eventually got into the business of hosting for open source projects.

Timing was everything. In the post-dotcom bust, there was a lot of "dark fiber" nearby and the university managed to get "cheap" bandwidth by laying 11 miles of fiber to I-5 (at a cost of a mere $250,000 or so) where the "dark fibre" was at. That would be key to OSUOSL's success, and is one of the reasons that the lab is not easily replicated at other universities.

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