How does Red Hat have wild success with Fedora and other FLOSS projects? By following a method firmly rooted in humanism, practice, and science. Learn in this session how to be an effective catalyst in communities of users, contributors, businesses, government, education, etc.
With an increasing number of Open Source projects demanding attention, it can be hard to attract qualified contributors. Learn how to convert your community of users into a community of developers, through training, mentoring, and community management, from a project that's been hacking its hackers since day one.
Running one of the worlds largest open source services is hard, but it is something that we at Google believe adds a lot of value. This talk will take you through my journey of working with several open source veterans as we built such a service at Google and the benefit we regularly get from a thriving open source community.
The title contains the seeds of the paradox: to even ask the question "who wins and who loses?" is to concede that "competition" has already won. The American culture is uniquely competitive and intolerant of collaboration. How can Open Source survive in this climate.
India’s audacious goal to educate 500 million people by 2022 can only be met using an open source approach. We will our experience building and delivering a peer-based, self-paced, community-driven 21st century learning environment using open source and freely available content, sustained by a micro-finance model that completely flattens the hierarchical approach strictly embraced in India.
Moderated by: Douglas Bell
Organizations, businesses, clubs, and all kinds of user groups around the world are using online bulletin boards to bring communities together, and phpBB is the most widely used free and open source bulletin board solution on the internet. Join phpBB users and team members from across the West Coast to learn more about phpBB and how you can use it to bring your community together online.
Sun Microsystems open-sourced the code to StarOffice 5.2 in October 2000. Since then, we have moved from attacks to hopes to the now more solid and accepted roadmap that is seeing widescale adoption of the application on the desktop and now in the Cloud. This presentation examines our errors, our triumphs, and what has allowed us to flourish in waters uniquely hostile and unforgiving.
Diversity is often presented simply as "the right thing to do", leaving open the question why we, as a technical community, should be interested in diversity. This talk addresses diversity, not in moral or ethical terms, but in pragmatic ones. Studies on creativity and productivity demonstrate the benefits and importance of diversity for the Open Source community.
An entire generation of engineers is currently being educated exclusively with proprietary software. As a consequence, these students do not get to learn how hardware and software systems really work. For three years we have been working on changing this by offering a college course on Open Source Software Practices. Come to hear about our experiences and help us make this a better course.
This birds-of-a-feather group discussion centers on finding ways to make the embedded Linux community more approachable and usable. Various individual communities will be discussed as well as the increasing use of social media.
Many contributors to open source projects do so without financial motivation. It's still reasonable to believe that given the right financial incentives, development communities could achieve more. This panel will explore the different methods for motivating communities with financial incentives and other goodies, and discuss the thorny issues that arise when commerce collides with community.
We've all heard it said: "you can be confident using open source software, because if the company goes away, the community lives on." Does it actually work? We're about to find out. With the acquisition of Sun by Oracle, a number of open source products were quietly dropped. The community response was the creation of ForgeRock.
Moderated by: Ellen Ko
This is an opportunity for Google Summer of Code participants the from the past, present, and future to meet in person and discuss the program. An open question and answer exchange between mentors, students, and future participants is encouraged.
With the proliferation of social networks and social networking we have fundamentally changed the ways that we do business, interact with people and make new friends. Those living in more disparate and rural communities do not always have access to this phenomenon until now, where we are able to deploy low bandwidth social networks via mobile and web.
Moderated by: Graham Weldon
For new and old developers in the Open Source arena, this BoF group is aimed at users that are interested in the techniques and approaches that have been used and can be adopted to manage and direct an open source project to success.
So you've just launched your open source project. But now what? You need users. You need contributors. You need people to know you exist. And you have no budget! This session will show you the lessons I've learned from many open source projects I've worked on over the years. It will teach you how to build buzz and help people find you, all without exceeding your time and budget constraints.
Many organizations falsely believe that more downloads, users and/or contributors means a healthier ecosystem. That is akin to saying that planet earth gets "healthier" with more population.
This session presents some measures every OS organization can employ to determine the health and viability of their ecosystem, rather than it's less important variable - size.
User-generated content has become an integral part of NYTimes.com. And where there's a community, there are scaling issues. At The Times, we recently moved our entire community platform from our own internal hardware to the Amazon EC2 infrastructure. Join us as we discuss our adventures in the cloud so far. Topics will include cloud management, auto-scaling and deployment on the cloud.
There comes a time in a project's life when you have to make the decision: can this code be saved? Should we fix it, or declare technical bankruptcy to cancel our technical debts and start again? In this talk I'll look at when and how to make this decision without regrets.
Presented by: Brian Fitzpatrick
Software is people! Writing software is rarely a solitary endeavor, especially if it's something that you do for a living. While your compiler may be your best friend because it has the stupid consistency of a ticking clock, being able to work with other people is vital to success. By means of a series of quick anecdotes, I'll share patterns and antipatterns for working with other people.
In this session, Drupal project lead and Acquia co-founder and CTO Dries Buytaert will share his secrets for building and participating in a thriving open source community and how collaboration amongst communities and non-developer adopters is critical to a healthy and sustainable project.