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Humanitarian FOSS Development Intro

Portrait 4 of Olivia A. Gallucci in a blue dress. Used on a post about FOSS.

Hi everyone, my name is Olivia Gallucci, and I am a first-year student at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). I am double-majoring in Computing Security and Computer Science. I decided to attend RIT because of its Computing Security program. Also, I liked that RIT offered a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) program. When I visited RIT’s campus, I asked the FOSS telegram/IRC chat if I could talk to someone who is part of the program. Christian Martin and Justin Flory, two recent FOSS@RIT alums, volunteered. I gauged RIT was perfect for me based off these conversations: I was right!


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I am taking this course, so I can learn about open source in an organized manner. Taking a class on FOSS means that I can easily dedicate time to working on open source software. In other words, now that I have this class in my school schedule, I have time set aside to learn about free(dom) software’s development and culture.

I want to learn about the sociology of FOSS development, and why some projects are successful, while others fail. I also want to learn about how I can contribute to open source projects.

Fun fact: I wrote my Common Application essay on FOSS.


This post originated from the deprecated HFOSS’21 blog.

Portrait of Olivia Gallucci in garden, used in LNP article.

Written by Olivia Gallucci

Olivia is an honors student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She writes about security, open source software, and professional development.