Microsoft’s journey into open source has been eventful, and even unexpected. Five years ago, few would have predicted the importance to the company of open source projects such Node.JS, Hadoop and even Linux.
Hot on the heels of Microsoft becoming a top-20 contributor to the Linux kernel, this year saw the launch of Microsoft Open Technologies, a new subsidiary that focuses on open source, interoperability and open standards.
OSCON program chair Edd Dumbill will interview Gianugo Rabellino, Microsoft’s senior director of open source communities.
Edd Dumbill is a technology analyst, writer, and entrepreneur based in California. He’s helping drive businesses with data as VP of strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science.
Edd was the founding program chair for the O’Reilly Strata conferences and chaired the Open Source Convention for six years. He was the founding editor of the journal Big Data. A startup veteran, Edd was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference-management system and a cofounder of the Pharmalicensing.com online intellectual-property exchange.
An advocate and contributor to open source software, Edd has contributed to various projects such as Debian and GNOME and created the DOAP vocabulary for describing software projects. Edd has written four books including O’Reilly’s Learning Rails. He writes regularly on Google+ and on his blog, eddology.
Gianugo Rabellino is the Senior Director for Open Source Communities at Microsoft. He is also a Vice President of the Apache XML Project Management Committee and Founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Sourcesense.
Gianugo has a deep understanding of open source technologies and platforms, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the group of passionate and committed individuals who share his same enthusiasm for interoperability and openness between Microsoft and non-Microsoft platforms.
He blogs at http://boldlyopen.com/.
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