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Re: Recruiting Students (Campus Ambassadors)


On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 4:18 AM, Jack Aboutboul <jaa redhat com> wrote:
> Hey All,
> I appreciate all the enthusiasm, I know you guys are eager to join, but I
> was more curious in what you guys felt about the actual idea and what you
> would expect out of such a program?  I want it to be different than the
> current ambassadors setup.
> I know you guys have some bright ideas--let me hear them.

I think it would be great to have a class that just focuses on open
source tools.  I think I might have spoken to you about this before.
CS classes seem to be missing some practical lessons, like what to do
when your computer fails, how to install an operating system and
programs, how to build up a customized IDE, how to work with source
control, how to fiddle with an email program, and completely ignores
classical errors especially when working with real world libraries
taht can spit up any number of exceptions.

I think the lesson would follow something like this:
Day 1: Learn about GPG, homework, make GPG keys and submit them to a server
Day 2: Key signing party.  All homework will be signed with your GPG key
Day 3: Error codes and exceptions, homework, here's a broken piece of
hardware, read a file or character stream from it.



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