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.
Jonathan Schwartz, President and COO of Sun Microsystems, is a leading voice among a rare breed of Chief Executive bloggers. In this freewheeling session at Syndicate 2005, Schwartz talks with Doc Searls, another well known blogger and Senior Editor of Linux Journal. The two take on a wide-range of topics revolving around openness, and how to make the most out of syndication.
Jeff Waugh takes up Asa Dotzler's provocative OSCON challenge to software developers engaged in the "Search for the Linux Desktop". Dotzler claimed that for Linux to please a mainstream audience it must still solve migration, stability, simplicity and comfort issues on the desktop. Waugh gives a lively and entertaining rebuttal, pointing to usability improvements in GNOME 2.0, and demonstrating the virtue of action phrases and special de-geeking glasses that let developers see things as an end user would.
In a typically idiosyncratic talk that could be subtitled "State of the Onion 9.3", Larry Wall offers yet another way of examining the state of the Perl language and its community of users and coders. This time he addresses the concepts underlining Perl - and his own view of the world - alphabetically, treating his audience to insights that manage to be simultaneously humorous and thought-provoking.
Open source software and Web 2.O are changing computer and software economics. Tight, centralized control of intellectual property is under attack. Free, self-service access to code, content, and communities helps build new platforms, products, and services. Is rapid, free and open the future? Tim O'Reilly, Mitchell Baker, and Jonathan Schwartz discuss how open source innovation is changing the world.
When people say "Open source is fine but how do you make money?" you know they haven't grokked the Zen of Free. Simon Phipps, Chief Open Source Officer at Sun Microsystems, describes the "virtuous cycle" model of open source in this keynote from OSCON Europe 2005.
As many American innovators are pleased with the defeat of the broadcast flag in the United States and move on to other concerns, the television and motion picture industries have turned their attention to Europe as the next battleground in the copyright and infringement war. The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Cory Doctorow calls on open source innovators in Europe to fight for their rights as well.
Calendar sharing between different types of devices and desktops remains an unsolved problem. At ApacheCon, host Scott Mace talked to Lisa Dusseault, co-author of CalDAV, an open and interoperable protocol for calendar access and sharing. In this conversation, Dusseault explains the history of calendar standard efforts, the WebDAV standard underlying current efforts, and the open source Chandler client, Cosmo server and Scooby Web interface, which will support these standards.
Arguing that conventional software technologies have led to centralized, difficult to maintain legacy systems, Nick Gall of the META Group points to the internet protocols as an example of a technology that has led to the extensible, scalable, decentralized applications that run on the web today.
The necessary conditions of the triumph of evil are well known, as Edmund Burke famously said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." In this humorous keynote from O'Reilly's 2005 Open Source Convention, Danny O'Brien explores the factors necessary for the triumph of evil in the open source world. [O'Reilly Open Source Convention audio from IT Conversations]
Security vulnerabilities are something network administrators have dealt with since before the dawn of the web, and now people with less experience have to be aware of the security implications of their software choices. Ben Laurie, Director of Security for the Apache Foundation speaks with Scott Mace about the comparison between Microsoft's and Apache's security, how security is implemented within Apache, the future of SSL and other security issues. [Opening Move audio from IT Conversations]