Open Source Conversations
IT Conversations publishes a number of shows that deal with free and open source software. We've created this channel as a way of helping people interested in open source software find talks, discussions, presentations, and interviews about that topic.
Krugle bills itself as "the search engine for developers," and although Google is now a competitor, Krugle takes its own unique approach to searching source code, primarily open source. In this interview, Ken Krugler talks about the particular challenges of building a search engine for software developers.
A business starts by writing a business plan and raising capital. Greg Gianforte, CEO, President, and Founder of RightNow Technologies, provides an alternative to lighting a fire and hoping a business emerges before all the money is gone - "bootstrapping" a company. Gianforte presentes unique, practical and pragmatic strategies and tactics to start and grow an open source organization.
It is ironic that Steve Lucas, Vice President of Integration at Business Objects, in trying to discuss Business Intelligence, has to admit that he has no idea what the term means. However, with a light-hearted approach, he describes the sequence of events that led Steve and his company to identify the core issues central to it. This discovery allowed him to see the strategic importance of MySQL as an example.
Making personal information available online, both to yourself and others, is a critical tool for businesses. Cosmo and Scooby, the code names for the Open Source Application Foundation's calendar server projects, are new open source information sharing applications. Listen to the OSAF's server projects development team as they introduce Cosmo and Scooby, the idea behind information management systems and how standards compliance affects development.
The Apache Tomcat Web server, Roller blogging server and Derby database initiatives all share one thing: substantial contributions by Sun Microsystems. Apache is also incubating Harmony, an open source implementation of Java. In this episode, a trio of Sun open source leaders explains where and how Sun contributes to Apache projects, and why it is content for now to let Harmony proceed without Sun's direct contribution.
Stuart Halloway announces the launch of his company's new Streamlined framework for the rapid development of CRUD applications using Ruby on Rails. He introduces the feature set of the first release, discusses the possible direction of future enhancements, and proves the accuracy of the software's name by demonstrating the ease with which a flexible administration interface may be created using Streamlined.
What's in store for the popular MySQL database application? At the 2006 MySQL Users Conference, leading MySQL developers discuss the latest release, ideas for the future and licensing issues the open source community faces. Listen to Kaj Arno, David Axmark and Michael Widenius as they talk about catching up on feature requests and working on even faster storage engines.
Changing our attitude towards the tools we use and developing a collaborative mentality enables people to work together over the internet. Karl Fogel, an Open Source Specialist at Google, discusses how we are changing the way we think about collaboration, and what tools are allowing us to do so, at the 2006 Open Source Convention. Collaborative tools are making us more efficient, from thinking about how tools are important in our work to the emphasis on building a group identity.
Marc Senasac introduces People Aggregator, an open standards, open source social networking service, which is designed to create links between the walled gardens of today's social networks. Marc addresses two problems with Social networks today: size and interconnectivity. He also discusses the concepts of structured blogging, identity hubs, and digital lifestyle aggregation.
Big vendors such as IBM and Microsoft are building their Web services stacks right into their operating systems and middleware, but that still leaves room for an open source-powered alternative. Paul Fremantle describes the WS02 open-source implementations of the Axis 2 Web services framework, as well as security and reliabile messaging components that help IT organizations stay agile and avoid vendor lock-in.