Tim O'Reilly

Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media

Open Source on the O'Reilly Radar
22 minutes, 10.1mb, recorded 2007-07-25
Topics: Open Source
Tim O'Reilly
In a typically quick-fire and confident presentation, Tim O'Reilly offers a brain dump of his current thinking onopen source themes. Although his Radar talks are often billed as looking into the future, Tim prefers to characterize them more as examining patterns in the present and, by putting them into perspective, seeing what these can reveal about future trends.

Tim begins by examining how the world of software is changing in the face of service models and the adoption of the web as a single global development platform. In particular, he is keen to formulate the traditionalfour freedoms associated with open source in a way that is more meaningful in this new world. At no time does O'Reilly claim to have all the answers and it is his ability to shape questions and stimulate discussion that is always one of the most rewarding aspects of any of his talks or presentations.

The world in which open source operates is very different to the world in which it started and there is a vital need to rediscover the values of free and open in this new and changing context. Above all, thefreedoms we care about have to be protected in new ways. O'Reilly is keen to look at how the way we use open source tools affects the way we think and how different tools - version control, for instance - could be applied to new situations to bring about new ways of thinking.


Tim O'Reilly is founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc. and has also been a pioneer in the popularization of the internet. O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator site (GNN, which was sold to America Online in September 1995) was the first Web portal and the first true commercial site on the World Wide Web.

O'Reilly continues to pioneer new content developments on the Web via its O'Reilly Network affiliate and has been an activist for internet standards and for open source software. He has led successful public relations campaigns on behalf of key internet technologies, helping to block Microsoft's 1996 limits on TCP/IP in NT Workstation, organizing the "summit" of key free software leaders where the term "open source" was first widely agreed upon, and, most recently, organizing a series of protests against frivolous software patents.

He received Infoworld's Industry Achievement Award in 1998 for his advocacy on behalf of the open source community.

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