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The OSI’s Open Source Definition attempts to set the minimum bar for a software license to be considered “open source”. However, there’s much more to a software project than just the license. Are software projects dominated by a single company still open source? Does a project need to be ‘organic’ to be truly open source? What does “organic” even mean in this context? Join us as we discuss these topics and more.
Brian Aker is the Director of Technology for MySQL. At MySQL he helps set direction for technology and looks for opportunies to harness and shape the MySQL database for efforts in Web, OEM, and Telephony. In his copious amounts of free time he works on Apache and Perl modules, and hacks on the Asterisk Telephony System (hence never has a working home phone number). In the past, he has been involved with projects for the Army Engineer Corps, The Virtual Hospital, Splunk, and Slashdot. He lives in Seattle with his dog Rosalynd.
Rob Lanphier (also known as Rob Linden in Second Life) serves as “open source busybody” from Linden Lab’s Seattle office, ensuring participants in the Second Life viewer development project have everything they need to be productive. Prior to starting with Linden Lab in 2006, he worked at a number of companies, including Microsoft, Asymetrix, Conjungi, and RealNetworks, and also worked as an independent consultant specializing in MediaWiki development. During his nine years at RealNetworks, Rob was a key contributor to two important multimedia standards (RTSP and SMIL) and was a leading force behind RealNetworks’ open source initiative (Helix Community).
Stephen is a Senior Analyst and co-founder of RedMonk, an analyst firm built on open source principles. At RedMonk, and addresses the full spectrum of enterprise applications from development to deployment, including open source, operating systems, application languages and platforms, and database technologies.
Before setting up RedMonk, Stephen assisted in building out the Enterprise Content Management and Enterprise Portal knowledge set at Illuminata by drawing on his real world expertise in designing, architecting and implementing ECM and Portal solutions for leading systems integrators. Prior to joining Illuminata, Stephen served in various senior capacities with large systems integration firms like Keane and boutique consultancies like Blue Hammock.
Regularly cited in publications such as the New York Times, BusinessWeek, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal, and a popular speaker and moderator on the conference circuit, Stephen’s advice and opinion is well respected throughout the industry.
Theodore Ts’o was the first North American Linux Kernel Developer, and organizes the Annual Linux Kernel Developer’s Summit, which brings together the top 75 Linux Kernel Developers from all over the world for an annual face-to-face meeting. He was a founding board member of the Free Standards Group, and was chair of that organization until it merged with OSDL to form the Linux Foundation. He is one of the core maintainers for the ext2, ext3, and ext4 filesystems, and is the primary author and maintainer for e2fsprogs, the userspace utilities for the ext2/3/4 filesystems. At IBM, Theodore served as the architect for the Real-Time Linux development team. Theodore is now a Fellow and chief platform strategist with the Linux Foundation.