Schedule: Business sessions

Open source is a powerful tool in business, learn how to use it effectively and safely. Learn about the experiences of large codebases going open source, managing the risks of open source license compliance, and get briefed on the major legal and IP issues facing developers today.

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Location: E145/E146
Brendan Quinn (BBC Research & Development)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
Ingex is an open source product, built on FFmpeg and Linux and running on commodity hardware, which can replace tens of thousands of dollars worth of broadcast equipment in TV studios, developed by BBC R&D. We discuss the change management, commercial and ecosystem issues we have faced in getting Ingex used by the broadcasting industry, generally unaware of the benefits of open source. Read more.
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Location: E145/E146
Moderated by:
Rob Lanphier (Wikimedia Foundation)
Panelists:
Todd Crowe (Todd Crowe Web Design & Development), Leslie Hawthorn (Elasticsearch), Stormy Peters (GNOME Foundation), Donald Smith (The Eclipse Foundation)
Average rating: **...
(2.33, 3 ratings)
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. Read more.
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Location: E145/E146
Average rating: ****.
(4.41, 17 ratings)
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. Read more.
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Location: E145/E146
Rolf Skyberg (eBay, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.28, 18 ratings)
Saying that you want to "innovate more" is like telling a doctor you want to "feel better". Before a treatment can be prescribed, the problem must be understood. Starting from a systemic perspective, this talk will me a modern look at the root causes of innovation failure, contrasting current "solutions", and exploring new avenues to recovery. Read more.
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Location: D138
Rob Cottingham (Social Signal), Alexandra Samuel (Social Signal)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 3 ratings)
As a social media strategy firm, Social Signal told its clients to be open and transparent, and to make information as free as possible. But when they realized they weren't following that advice with their own IP, they launched on an experiment: publishing the recipes to their secret sauces. Hear about what's worked, what hasn't... and how revealing their secrets created a marketing windfall. Read more.
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Location: E145/E146
Tarus Balog (The OpenNMS Group, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 9 ratings)
The idea of working in open source is appealing to many, but the question remains: how to make money doing it? This presentation will present some of the things learned by a person who has run a pure open source business since 2002 in the hope that it can help and inspire others. Read more.
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Location: D138
Tags: patents
Keith Bergelt (Open Invention Network)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
When you receive the dreaded legal letter about intellectual property infringement, what do you need to know so you can determine whether you’re dealing with a patent troll or actual competitor? Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network, will discuss four key steps, along with strategies, on how to make the right call. Read more.
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Location: D136
Tags: community, sun
Simon Phipps (Open Source Initiative)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 5 ratings)
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. Read more.
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Location: E145/E146
Bradley Kuhn (Software Freedom Conservancy), Karen Sandler (GNOME Foundation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 12 ratings)
Developers regularly encounter issues with the legal infrastructure of software. Co-presented by a lawyer and a software developer, this presentation is a tightly packed overview on the need-to-know issues of copyrights, patents and trademarks for busy developers who wish to simply know the bare essentials, so they can get on with their work while still remaining well-informed on legal issues. Read more.
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Location: D138
Open source license compliance does not happen by itself. Your organization and your suppliers need to be prepared to do the right things to use free/open source software responsibly. Read more.
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Location: D133
Donald Smith (The Eclipse Foundation)
Average rating: **...
(2.50, 2 ratings)
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. Read more.
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Location: D137
Louis Suarez-Potts (Oracle / OpenOffice.org)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 3 ratings)
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. Read more.
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • (mt) Media Temple, Inc.
  • ActiveState
  • CommonPlaces
  • DB Relay
  • FireHost
  • GoDaddy
  • HP
  • HTSQL by Prometheus Research
  • Impetus Technologies Inc.
  • Infobright, Inc
  • JasperSoft
  • Kaltura
  • Marvell
  • Mashery
  • NorthScale, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • OpSource
  • Oracle
  • Parallels
  • PayPal
  • Percona
  • Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc.
  • Rhomobile
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • SourceGear
  • Symbian
  • VoltDB
  • WSO2
  • Linux Pro Magazine

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