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Google spreads open source love

Google is contributing $350,000 to a joint open-source technology initiative at Oregon State University and Portland State University. The initiative will encourage open-source hardware and software development, develop academic curricula and provide computing infrastructure to open-source projects around the world.

The funding comes after Google spent $2 million for a "Summer of Code" program to select students working on open-source projects. Open-source software is designed to allow others to modify the code and distribute it freely.