The many software development communities that have surfaced over the years have started to see an increasing relevance of social issues around them. They are not just engineering activities but full-fledged social communities. In this talk, Bdale Garbee, the Linux CTO at HP, draws a parallel between real world social communities and open source software development communities revealing similarities in the evolution of both, the issues they're concerned with, from financial viability to gender issues, and the roles and responsibilities of their participants.
Rich in linguistic play and delivered with both wit and panache, Eben Moglen's talk is an intellectual delight. Beginning with a look at the history of memory from the public recording of England's 11th century Domesday Book, Moglen leads us through the private memory palaces of 14th and 15th centuries to the problems of privacy that started with photographic technology. Convincing us that we have willingly given away our data and that those who now possess it have the right to use it, Moglen proposes voluntary data collectives as the answer.
The mission of the non-profit One Laptop per Child association is to develop a low-cost laptop, a technology that could revolutionize how we educate the world's children. Their goal is to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment, and express themselves. Michael Evans of Red Hat, discusses the project, and reviews Red Hat's role in the project and how important it is to design the machine with hardware and software developers together, always considering the needs of the young enduser.
The shift in the technology industry from closed source to open source has provided new entrance opportunities for smaller players. Open source is 'disruptive' in that it disrupts inefficient models in order to properly respond to the new needs of the market. Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB, discusses how implementing systems designed for user contribution creates an architecture of participation and innovation prevails.
Making movies seems like magic. Behind every magic trick there is a secret. In this case, part of the secret is MySQL. Milton Ngan of Weta Digital discusses their need to track hundreds of millions of files. Data needs to be made available to literally thousands of machines over high-speed networks. Not only is performance critical, but the sanctity of the data as well so many of the new features in the recent releases of MySQL have been eagerly awaited.
The Wikipedia is having a dramatic and unexpected impact as an open source-based, community-driven method of creating and disseminating valuable knowledge and information on a global basis. Mitchell Kapor, President of the Open Source Applications Foundation talks about how a free and open online encyclopedia, entirely written and edited by its users, manages to outstrip conventional media. He also discusses the implications for open source-based business models in general.
Hardware vendors need to stand up and support open source software solutions that meet the needs of their customers. Christine Martino, VP of the Open Source and Linux Organization at Hewlett-Packard, speaks at the 2006 MySQL User's Conference about HP's commitment to Linux and the open source community. Learn about how HP is helping their enterprise customers leverage the power of open source software.
Mark Shuttleworth founded the Ubuntu project in 2004 with the aim of producing a free, high quality desktop OS. In this presentation Mark outlines the core values of the Ubuntu project and his vision for it's future. He covers topics including governance, transparancy, certification, support and collaboration. His passion for 'delivering on the promise of free software' is clear throughout and helps explain the rapid rise of Ubuntu.
O'Reilly Media is changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, gives his popular O'Reilly Radar presentation at the 2006 MySQL Users Conference. The web has matured to a platform where users are partcipating and driving innovation. Listen as O'Reilly covers what the alpha geeks are up to, and how MySQL is leading the way in blurring the virtual and the physical world.
MySQL is encroaching upon enterprise space from its early beginnings of being a humble lightweight web database for hackers, geeks and hobbyist programmers. With customers preferring the subscription model of software licenses, the new economy is changing. The ecosystem is the new computer and collaboration, the new operating system. MySQL CEO Mickos gives an update on how MySQL AB is doing, including a view behind the scenes of the business, the vision, the phenomenal growth, and some of the plans for the future.