日曜日, 3月 12, 2006

Open Source Education

I have decided, due to limited funds and increasing anxiety due to the necessity of finding survival employement at some point (preferably doing something I love regardless of the pay) to enroll in Oreilly's online education program through Illinoise University distance learning.

My initial frustration arose from not being able to get through the java install on Ubuntu breezy 5.10, however, I hope that this is only a temporary problem now that I not only have access to good information but some very knowledgable friends who agreed to help if I can't figure it out.

I signed up for the first of a four part series on Unix/Linux administration, and am excited to get started. This, will hopefully help in other things that Im interrested in.

OK, so your probably wondering, the title says open source education, but this class costs $300.00 + , which of coarse brings me to what I wanted to share.

I have been interrested in the Ruby programming language, and basically expected to have to wade into those waters like everything else--with a lot of closed doors and headaches, to my surprise there is a Seattle Ruby Users Group called Seattle.rb.

Now lets add up all the free, or open source groups I am networking with and you will see that there is a plethura of knowledge and help out there even for a modest education.

Seattle.rb hack night every tuesday at the RedLine cafe.
Seattle Wireless hack night every wednesday also at the RL
Neg9.org 206 meetings every other friday at University of Washington
GSLUG meetings are going to resume at North Seattle CC those are once a month.

then theres the Internet, IRC, Forums, etc.

What a great time we live in. (0^0) all one needs to do is open there eyes and look around. I can honestly say that learning in a group setting is very advantageous, I highly recommend it to anyone at all levels of skill.

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