Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

The war for the soul of open source

Adam Jacob (Chef)
8:50am9:05am Thursday, July 18, 2019
Location: Portland Ballroom
Average rating: ****.
(4.83, 24 ratings)

What is the emotional, intellectual, artistic heart of the free and open source software movement? As open source reigns ascendent as the dominant development paradigm in the world, we’ve lost touch with what makes it great.

Drawing on 13 years spent building the Chef community along with research into what makes for Sustainable Free and Open Source Communities, Adam Jacob takes a deep dive into the soul of open source—and presents a way forward that reconnects us to what made it great in the first place.

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Adam Jacob


Adam Jacob has been a systems administrator for 25 years. He helped write Chef and Habitat, cofounded and is on the board of Chef Software, and is a passionate advocate for sustainable free and open source communities. He also likes beaches more than mountains, is allergic to plants, and gets nervous every time he speaks in public.