Michael Tiemann

Defining Open Source

MySQL Users Conference
46 minutes, 21.1mb, recorded 2005-04-19
Michael Tiemann
Open source is an indispensable element of the software industry but how did it get that way? Was it due to the success of pioneers such as Stallman and Torvalds? Was it the innovative licensing models, the collaborative community or was it just market economics at work? Michael Tiemann, founder of RedHat, President of the Open Source Initiative, Coder and long term open source advocate explores the many dimensions of the open source movement and poses some interesting questions to its community.

The characteristics of the open source movement and its community are not exclusive to the software industry. It runs far deeper than a single industry and drives to the core of human nature. Michael Tiemann shows how various innovations throughout history have only been possible through the architecture of participation. In the software industry distributed problem solving and code sharing has been instrumental to the success of Linux, MySQL, Apache and JBoss.

The open source movement has redistributed the power structure in the operating system, database, web server and application server markets. Like Robin Hood and his Merry Men, it has taken from the few and given to the many.

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Michael Tiemann is Red Hat's Vice President of Open Source Affairs. In this role, Michael integrates and informs technology and open source strategies for Red Hat and its strategic partners and customers in the public and private sectors. In addition to his responsibilities at Red Hat, Michael serves on a number of boards, including the Open Source Initiative (where he is also President), the eclipse.org project, and the GNOME Foundation. Michael also provides support to organizations that further the goals of software freedom, including the Free Software Foundation and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.


This presentation is one of a series from the MySQL Users Conference 2005 held in Santa Clara, California, April 18-25, 2005.

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