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  • Yahoo! Inc.
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  • Disney
  • EnterpriseDB
  • Etelos
  • Ingres
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  • MindTouch
  • Mozilla Corporation
  • Novell, Inc.
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  • White Oak Technologies, Inc.
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  • ZDNet

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Schedule: BoF sessions

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Location: D135
Moderated by: Alan Olsen
A keysigning party for GPG/PGP keys. Get your key added to the web of trust and meet your fellow GPG/PGP users face to face. Read more.
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Location: E143/144
Moderated by: Franz Maruna and Andrew Embler
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
An introduction, demonstration, and under the hood peek at this newly popular CMS. Read more.
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Location: Portland 256
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
This BOF is for developers who want to learn about Google's Android platform. We'll discuss the Android toolset and platform API's. Read more.
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Location: Portland 251
From content management systems for running web sites to the infrastructure that can support thousands of field workers around the world, open source software offers great value for church workers and missionaries. If you're involved in tech stuff at your church, a missions organization, or a company serving this industry, come meet other like-minded people, and share what's working well for you. Read more.
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Location: D137/138
For Perl trainers to swap war stories, anecdotes, tips, tricks, and questions. Share what you've found to work, and ask others how they handle the tough stuff. Read more.
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Location: D139/140
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 2 ratings)
As the PHP community grows however, it becomes harder and harder for people to come together from the various corners of the community. The emPHPower initiative wants to address these issues. Read more.
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Location: D136
This BoF will review and demonstrate the new (and existing) features of the WAS Community Edition 2.1 server. We will also discuss new features being developed in the Apache Geronimo community. Read more.
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Location: Portland 255
MySQL, has moved version control systems to Bazaar, from BitKeeper. Find out how we're coping with a new VCS, how moving to Bazaar helps open MySQL to community contributions, and how you can host your project on Launchpad, and build off MySQL Read more.
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Location: F151
Discussion and sharing about concurrent system development based on open-source actor/actor-like languages and libraries. Read more.
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Location: E146
Moderated by: Jay Pipes
Jay Pipes and other MySQLers will go over setting up an ideal development environment for building, testing, and contributing to MySQL, along with a rundown of the important subsystems and where to find the relevant source code for each. Read more.
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Location: D135
Primary focus will be on MythTV, but open to discussions on other uses of Linux in the Video space, especially around tools and codecs Read more.
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Location: D136
An informal workshop on OpenOffice.org architecture, code, and community, with a special emphasis on building extensions. There will be a hands-on demonstration. The level is for all, including those interested in OpenOffice.org, the OpenDocument Format (ODF), and where it's all going, as well as those who want to just code and want pointers. Read more.
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Location: D137
Moderated by: David Boswell
Are you interested in learning more about developing extensions or applications using Mozilla technology? Join us to discuss what's going on with Mozilla and Firefox that affects developers, stop by to demo your latest creation, or get helpful information about resources in the community that can help you with your project. Read more.
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Location: D138
Everyone has their own "best practices" -- let's get together and share which tools, policies and procedures have worked best for us in our environments. Topics to discuss include: Monitoring, alerting and graphing tools, log management, time management, testing and debugging, documentation, and the ever-popular how to do the best job you can when management wants unreasonable outcomes. Read more.
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Location: E141
This session is an interactive roundtable discussion on the issues relating to open-source application development in the public sector. Read more.
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Location: E142
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
Want a database with blazing performance, features that would make a database professor blush and a super army of database geeks making it better every day? Try PostgreSQL. Come to our BoF where you'll meet a dozen or more PostgreSQL experts, learn about what's coming in version 8.4 and where you can find other folks who like and use PostgreSQL every day. Read more.
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Location: E145
The duo behind "Running a Successful User Group" are hosting a round-table for people who run user groups or want to run a user group. They'll answer questions like, "What do I do when my speaker doesn't show up?" and "How do I convince people to come to my meeting about the price of tofu in China?" Come with questions, and meet people trying to do the same thing as you. Read more.
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Location: F150
We'll be discussing traditional and non-traditional techniques — everything from supplements to testing to extreme strategies. The focus will be on what we can do today as individuals to extend lifespan. Read more.
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Location: D139/140
Kick back a couple of brews with several members of the Mozilla QA team. We'll talk about QA for giant open source projects, getting involved, manual testing, and test automation. A good time will be had by all! Read more.
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Location: Portland Ballroom
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
The Good Company Crew is pulling in the favors for great players to come work it out and have some fun. Come on by and sit in. Read more.
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Location: D136
You've found a great technology, but it needs some explanation. Users are looking for a better, faster way to make it work. You're convinced that those users are excited enough that they'd visit an article or even pay for the privilege of reading a great book - is it time to consider writing? Read more.
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Location: E142
Can we protect our data by patenting the use of OS software in regards to ethical data usage? Read more.
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Location: D139/140
This BOF will follow up on the keynote on this topic given earlier that day, enabling participants to critique the proposal, improve it, and possibly move forward to help make it a reality. Read more.
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Location: D138
If you're not using a version control system, you should be, and Subversion is an excellent candidate for large and diverse groups of projects. Read more.
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Location: D137
Moderated by: Nile Geisinger
In this session, we will show developers how to get their Linux applications to run on Windows, Mac OS X, UNIX, and several flavors of Linux as if it were a native application, without the need to recompile. Read more.
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Location: D135
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Mozilla is developing a set of open-source static analysis tools to assist with analyzing and refactoring its large C++ codebase. Come see a demonstration of these tools and discuss how these same tools can be used to help improve other open-source projects. Read more.
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Location: E141
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Significant debate abounds in the open source community with regards to standards compliance. This BOF is an interactive roundtable discussion on the needs for standards adherence and which, if any, standards should be applied to Open Source development. Read more.
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Location: F150
Moderated by: Ilan Rabinovitch / John Mark Walker
BytesFree is a group of concerned citizens dedicated to the principles of information rights and guided by the notion that everyone deserves the right to access information they legally possess. During this BOF, the ByteFree community will meet to discuss and develop tools for creating open source voter information resources. Read more.
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Location: F151
Moderated by: brady forrest, david recordon, scott kveton, Chris messina + others
A follow up to the morning's plenary session by David Recordon. While the term "Open Web" was largely popularized by Mozilla a few years ago, it has evolved to stand for an entire group of community developed open specifications. Read more.
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Location: D136
Open the database development horizons with MySQL Proxy. Enhance server features, create new commands, make your server jump, speak your language, and make coffee! Read more.
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Location: D137
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 1 rating)
This is a BOF for developers, users, and instructors to discuss the latest trends and issues in Open Source usage and advocacy in education. Read more.
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Location: D138
This Bof is for anyone interested in business model used by commercial open source companies that create software (MySQL, JBoss, Pentaho, Alfresco etc). We will describe how these companies work and the opportunities and challenges they face. Lively debate will ensue on whether these companies are really open source and how they could improve their relationships with developers and users. Read more.
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Location: E141
Moderated by: John Whaley
In this session, John Whaley, CTO of MokaFive, will talk about how virtual image compression technologies and freely available virtual appliance tools can help open source enthusiasts build and distribute effective virtual machines to a wide audience. Whaley will cover sandboxing, anti-malware, central updates, and cross-platform delivery as made possible via desktop virtualization. Read more.
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Location: E142
Moderated by: Bradley M. Kuhn, Karen Sandler, Aaron Williamson
FOSS projects often need more than coding: help with organizational infrastructure and legal issues. Come learn about the Software Freedom Conservancy and the Software Freedom Law Center, two organizations that help with these issues. Read more.
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Location: D139/140
Come join the developers behind The New York Times for a discussion about NYTimes.com as a news and information platform, and learn about our plans for web-based APIs. Read more.
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Location: E145
Moderated by: Evan Prodromou
the openmicroblogging.org format has ignited the space of federated, interoperable microblog platforms. including laconi.ca (which runs identi.ca). Read more.
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Location: D137
Moderated by: Shay David or Michal Tsur
This session will be a deep dive discussion into the evolution of open source online video. Through a case study of an existing open source video platform, we will explore the challenges of opensourcing rich-media - licenses, format conversion, hosting, etc - and the huge opportunity that online video playing and editing pose. Read more.
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Location: E141
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
A gathering of developers to talk about writing embedded software with Open Source tools. This includes, but is not limited to, ARM and AVR platforms and development tools such as binutils, GCC, newlib, FreeRTOS, RedBoot, and SCons. Read more.
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Location: D136
MySQL Sandbox is a tool to install a side server or a replication system in "seconds," in complete isolation, without need to remember complex sequence of commands. Read more.
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Location: D138
Many of the principles of Agile development align well with the principles of open source. This makes Agile methodologies a good fit for use on open source projects. However there are areas of misalignment between the two. Come along to hear about Open Scrum and to share your experiences of using development methodologies used for open source projects. Read more.
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