My name is Olivia Gallucci, and I am a first-year student at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). I am dual-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, 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 RIT FOSS alums, volunteered. I gauged RIT was perfect for me based off these conversations: I was right!
🌸👋🏻 Let’s take this to your inbox. You’ll receive occasional emails about whatever’s on my mind—offensive security, open source, academics, boats, software freedom, you get the idea.
I am taking this course, so I can learn about FOSS in an organized manner. Taking a FOSS class means that I can easily dedicate time to working on FOSS. In other words, now that I have FOSS in my school schedule, I have time set aside to learn about FOSS development and culture.
I want to learn about the sociology of FOSS development, and why some FOSS projects are successful, while others fail. I also want to learn about how I can contribute to FOSS projects.
Fun fact: I wrote my Common Application essay on FOSS.
This post originated from the deprecated HFOSS’21 blog.