• Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Sun Microsystems
  • BT
  • IBM
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • Zimbra
  • Atlassian Software Systems
  • Disney
  • EnterpriseDB
  • Etelos
  • Ingres
  • JasperSoft
  • Kablink
  • Linagora
  • MindTouch
  • Mozilla Corporation
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • OpSource
  • RightScale
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Tenth Planet
  • Ticketmaster
  • Voiceroute
  • White Oak Technologies, Inc.
  • XAware
  • ZDNet

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Schedule: Business sessions

Location: D137 Level: Intermediate
Ragavan Srinivasan (Mozilla Inc)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
Open source governance is an emerging discipline that refers to the policies, processes, and tools that help organizations manage their use and contribution to FOSS. This talk will concentrate on the tools that can make open source governance easier and more automated and the data implications. Read more.
Location: E145 Level: Novice
Bernard Golden (Navica)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 6 ratings)
Anecdotes about open source use by enterprises range from "we don't use it at all" to "it's a fundamental part of our IT strategy." Unfortunately, there's no real data to back up the anecdotes -- until now Read more.
Location: D137 Level: Intermediate
George Conard (Mifos Initiative at Grameen Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
As microfinance seeks to grow and better serve the poor, the Mifos open source technology platform will enable greater efficiency and effectiveness and will remove serious current barriers to microfinance’s growth. We will explore the challenges in implementing a business model that drives our global ecosystem in the development and delivery of a standard solution for the industry. Read more.
Location: D137 Level: Intermediate
Mark Spencer (Digium)
Average rating: ***..
(3.20, 5 ratings)
Asterisk founder Mark Spencer discusses open source's role in creating VoIP and unified communications solutions that are changing the way we live and do business. Read more.
Location: D137 Level: Novice
Stormy Peters (Red Hat)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
The Open Source Census is a global, collaborative project to collect and share quantitative data on the use of open source software in the enterprise. In short that means we want to count how many enterprise installations there are in the world for each open source software package in order to encourage its use. Read more.
Location: D138 Level: Novice
Van Lindberg (Haynes and Boone)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
New open source projects are starting each day. Maybe your code will redefine computing—if you can avoid a few simple mistakes that would keep your project on the sidelines. This session will cover ten simple things that you should do every time you start a new open source project and help you avoid a mountain of trouble later. Read more.
Location: D133 Level: Novice
Karen Sandler (GNOME Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
The discussion will provide a background in nonprofit corporate and tax information, streamlined for helping developers evaluate how best to form and manage their organizations and activities. Different forms of organization will be discussed, including incorporated nonprofits, umbrella organizations, and developers acting without legal form. Read more.
Location: Portland 251 Level: Intermediate
Brian Aker (MySQL), Rob Lanphier (Wikimedia Foundation), Stephen O'Grady (Redmonk), Theodore Ts'o (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
Are software projects dominated by a single company still open source, or is an OSI-approved license good enough? Does a project need to be "organic" to be truly open source? What does "organic" even mean in this context? Panelists with a range of viewpoints will discuss these topics. Read more.
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