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February 20, 2013

It’s almost Open Source Think Tank 2013 time

The Open Source Think Tank has consistently delivered a chance to work with some of the brightest minds to answer tough issues and drive new solutions, to discover new ways of innovating and catch up on changes in the industry.  This is my one “can’t miss” event each year.

As usual, the event is targeted at senior executives (and bright people irregardless) to discuss the currents and directions for open source in the industry.  Over time, the OSTT has evolved into its format of panels, discussions, group think sessions, all targeted at discovering and inventing ways that open source principles and practices can solve complex problems.

Unusual for open source, the target solutions and discussions are not purely a developer model. And this may be the continuing strength of OSTT; the fact that we discuss issues that fall outside of code.

This year, the agenda indicates that we will delve into OpenStack, the open source software for clouds, and a discussion of how Netflix uses open source to compete differently.

Last year we covered GENIVI and OSEHRA, two projects that have significant impact on how we see open source changing the world. We’ll get reviews and updates of these projects. We’ll also get a legal update, which itself is always significant.

Of course, OSTT is a chance to meet and chat with some of the names in the space. For me it’s a chance to catch up and find out what exciting things are happening all over technology, from the folks making it happen.

So as I prepare for OSTT 2013, feel free to drop me a comment on what questions you think are important for open source in  general.

(Disclaimer: Adobe is a sponsor of OSTT 2013)


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September 1, 2011

“Open” What?

Has the meaning of how we use “open” become diluted? 

Way back in the day, when arguments about “Free Software” were around “free as in speech” or “free as in beer”., a new phrase was coined to avoid the issues around free. And thus Open Source was born.

Ever since then we’ve been seeing more activities attached to open. Off the top of my head I can think of:

  • Open Source
  • Open Standards
  • Open Specifications
  • Open Core
  • Open Ecosystem
  • Open API
  • Open Governance
  • Open Data
  • Open Code
  • Open Development
  • Free/Libre Open Source Software
  • Open Community
  • Open Roadmaps
  • Open Surface (my new personal pet peeve. Why would we need this?)
And I’m sure I missed many of them.  (Feel free to add to the list in the comments).
There’s a great cartoon floating around the net somewhere. Two guys (circa Mad Men (early 60’s for the televison impaired)are talking. One says, “Just put Open Source in front of it. Trust me, I’m in PR”.
So, is there a clear meaning for open? Do we need a meaning, definition or measurement of open? Is open of and for the “community” or is it related to license, a copyright?
In the past I’ve been adverse to the idea of defining open (in the context we are discussing here). More recently, when I thought about it, while listening to a keynote at OSCON, I decided that the term had become meaningless.
Now, I’m undecided.
If we have a meaning, then we can measure the way companies and communities approach openness. And that can aid in leveraging openness within those companies. Atfer all, no one likes to lose.
So, what do you assume when you see “Open [fill-in-the-blank]? Let me know.
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