Open Source Conference
According to science fiction author Karl Schroeder, it is sometimes possible to get things done more efficiently by relinquishing the traditional methods of control. Open source, democracy, government 2.0, and the invisible hand of the free market are mechanisms that demonstrate of the success of this phenomenon of handing control to a self-willed entity. He calls this principle "rewilding", and tells how this metaphor relates to open source software and other contemporary technological trends.
The Obama administration is trying to create a new model where governmental openness is the norm, and collaboration between the open source community and the federal government may be a key to its success. Gunnar Hellekson says that by encouraging the government to adopt open source practices, the open source community can help the government do its job better, to everyone's benefit.
The web - vast, open, participatory, independent - is an unprecedented human construction. But could forces already be at work to rob it of its very essence? In this presentation from the O'Reilly Media Open Source Convention Mark Surman discusses how this marvelous, open, self-governing resource - taken for granted by so many - may not stand the test of time.
Everyone knows Google crawls websites - but did you know they also crawl your source code? Google's Open Source Programs manager Chris DiBona provides a quick but insightful look into the state of open source code on the Internet.
Built for portability, netbooks may represent the first computers conceived from the outset with Linux in mind. Intel's Dirk Hohndel describes the firm's strategic vision for Open Source using the netbook OS Moblin as an example.
In this OSCON presentation Michael Lopp, author of the blog Rands in Repose, takes a trip down memory lane to 1992, and brings a few lessons in software development back to the future. He discusses the well intentioned 'forces of evil' that can make us stray from the path of tight coding, and how, in software development, the small decisions are just as important as the bigger ones.
What's on the O'Reilly Radar this year? In this OSCON keynote Tim O'Reilly, co-founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media Inc., peers into the crystal ball to foretell a future of sensor driven interfaces combining with co-operating cloud databases; the unlikely emergence of Government as an ally of open data platforms; and a rethinking of Gov 2.0 as a platform and means for collective action.
What would you talk about if you had only 5 minutes? This group of talks from the first Ignite event at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention covers an eclectic range of topics, from hacking the Amazon Kindle to DIY wheelchair hacks to repairing a rigged election.
In the conversation with Tim O'Reilly at the 2008 O'Reilly Open Source Convention, Monty Widenius and Brian Aker discuss the integration of MySQL into Sun Microsystems. Some of the biggest surprises have come from watching the ways that MySQL's open source culture has spread throughout Sun's workforce, and into their projects.
The Open Invention Network is a collaborative enterprise formed to promote Linux, and protect the open source community from the threats of patent assertion and litigation. Keith Bergelt's job as the CEO is to ensure that the edges of this network are not intruded upon, and that the self-regulatory nature of open source has an opportunity to spread beyond Linux and the 300 plus programs that exist today.