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, to the consternation of thousands of customers worldwide. The community response was the creation of ForgeRock and a commitment to make things carry on – and even improve.
Hear from ForgeRock founders Lasse Andresen and Simon Phipps the how, the why and the when, and judge for yourself.
Simon Phipps has engaged at a strategic level in the world’s leading technology companies, starting in roles such as field engineer, programmer, systems analyst and more recently taking on executive leadership roles around open source. Simon worked with X-series standards in the ‘80s, on collaborative conferencing software in the ’90s, helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM, and was instrumental in open sourcing the whole software portfolio at Sun Microsystems. He is now managing director of Meshed Insights Ltd and founder of Public Software CIC. As a director of the Document Foundation and of the UK’s Open Rights Group, he takes an active interest in digital rights issues and is a widely read commentator on InfoWorld and his own Webmink blog. Simon holds a BSc in electronic engineering and is a fellow of the British Computer Society and the Open Forum Academy.
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