[TOS] TeachingOpenSource.org - Infrastructure Plans

Alolita Sharma alolita.sharma at gmail.com
Thu Jul 29 17:31:00 UTC 2010

Hi Jeff, Chris,

Thanks for your suggestions. And I support OSUOSL hosting TOS.o and
providing a neutral platform for promoting all things teaching open

I would also like to thank OSUOSL for hosting some of OSI's mailing lists.

With best regards,
Alolita Sharma
Open Source Initiative (OSI)

On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM, Jeff Sheltren <jeff at osuosl.org> wrote:
> Chris, thanks for bringing this to the list.  I've added some comments
> below.
> On 07/15/2010 10:49 PM, Chris Tyler wrote:
>> - Hosting for TeachingOpenSource.org would be community-managed. In
>> order to bootstrap the admin team, Karsten Wade will be appointed
>> initial leader, and will oversee the task of putting together an initial
>> team and the development of procedures so that other qualified community
>> members can become involved.
> +1 -- More on this below.
>> - Hosting arrangements will be selected and negotiated by the initial
>> admin team. OSUOSL has offered to host TOS.o, and I anticipate that
>> other institutions may be willing to help; commercial options may also
>> be considered.
> Yes, we would be very happy to host this at OSUOSL.  In my opinion, it
> would be ideal to have TOS hosted at a university for both technical
> (ie. Internet2 connection) as well as political reasons.  We are very
> flexible in the types of services we can provide including having OSUOSL
> handle much of the base system administration and leaving TOS
> responsible for more of the application-level administration.  This is
> all stuff we should discuss with the initial infrastructure team.
>> - Red Hat has generously offered to fund hosting, in return for
>> recognition as a sponsor of TOS.o.
> My offer to host TOS is not contingent on funding; it's something that
> we can provide at no cost.  If Red Hat has funding they are willing/able
> to contribute, then I would gladly accept it to help cover our costs.  I
> see no reason that RH (and others) shouldn't be given recognition
> somewhere on the website; in fact, I'm all for it and think that it's
> good for TOS to advertise these supporters in hopes of drawing in more
> down the road.
>> - Red Hat has also proposed managing the TeachingOpenSource.org domain.
>> After considering this, my strong preference is that I will continue to
>> manage the TeachingOpenSource.org domain registration on behalf of the
>> community until such time as we form a independent legal entity to
>> manage it (such as something along the lines of freedesktop.org LLC).
> I agree.  If we want TOS to continue to grow and gain acceptance by
> other learning institutions, then I think it is important to show
> support by corporation (as per above), but not to be too closely tied to
> any given corporate sponsor.  Ownership of the domain name may give some
> people the wrong impression.  This is also something we can
> host/maintain at OSUOSL if you would prefer.
> -Jeff
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