Tim Bray of Sun Microsystems presents the keynote, "Language Inflection Point". Though Bray makes some good points, there is some awful music that makes some of his presentation hard to hear. He does lower the volume eventually....from the official conference description:
It would be nice to know which programming languages we’re all going to be programming in ten years from now. I really have no more idea than you, but I am paid to worry about this kind of thing. So I’m going to worry out loud about this for fifteen minutes, highlight some trends and influences, and probably leave you with more questions than answers.
Benjamin Mako Hill of the MIT Center for Future Civic Media gives a keynote presentation on "Advocating Software Freedom by Revealing Errors". One of the bigger benefits of open source is that more people can reveal (and fix!) errors in software.
From growing your development team from 5 to 50, or your code base from 10,000 to a million, there are clear patterns and mistakes. Join me as we investigate some of my favorites and how to both avoid and learn from the mistakes of others.
Paul Fenwick delivers a side-splitting Wednesday night keynote at OSCon 2008 entitled, "An Illustrated History of Failure". He goes through a history of failures, comparing them to the approximate values of human lives that the failures cost. Learn which technological failure costs the equivalent of 1 lifetime per minute.
Christine Peterson of Foresight Nanotech Institute asks, "Open Source Physical Security: Can We Have Both Privacy and Safety?" In this OSCon 2008 keynote, Peterson shows how increased security does not have to require loss of privacy. She introduces the concept (quote taken from that official conference description) of:
citizen-controlled, privacy-oriented, verifiably limited open source security devices and procedures focused on obtaining and sharing the minimal data required for communities to satisfy the reasonable concerns of their neighbors regarding the possible presence of specific weapons able to affect them directly.
Dirk Hohndel of Intel presents "Moblin, Linux for Next Generation Mobile Internet".
From the official conference description:
Hohndel presents the technology vision and direction for Moblin.org -- The open source community for developing the next generation internet and media experience on a new category of internet-centric devices such as Mobile Internet Devices, netbooks, nettops and Automotive In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems.
Jean-Paul Bauer of KnowledgeTree presents "Cloud Computing with Persistent Data: Pushing the Envelope of Amazon Web Services" at OSCon 2008. From the official conference description:
KnowledgeTreeLive is a novel SaaS document management application built using the Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon’s Simple Storage Service and rPath’s Virtual Appliance technologies. KnowledgeTreeLive leverages the popular open source KnowledgeTree application. The combination of cloud computing, virtual appliances, and other open source technologies allowed for the speedy implementation of the on-demand offering, without requiring significant changes to the KnowledgeTree architecture and in a very cost and resource effective manner.