OSCon 2008 Video: State of ... Lightning Talks

"The State of" Lightning talks, moderated by Josh Berkus, is always a great highlight.
OSCon 2008's speakers and projects included:

  • Alan Kasindorf: Memcached
  • Glynn Foster: OpenSolaris
  • OSI: Danese Cooper
  • MySQL: Monty Widenius
  • PostgreSQL: Bruce Momjian
  • GNOME: Dave Neary
  • Gentoo: Donnie Berkholz
  • Louis Suarez-Potts
  • Jabber: Peter Saint-Andre
  • Mozdev: Brian King
  • OpenID: Scott Kveton
  • Open Scrum: James Dixon
  • Talking Book Project: Cliff Schmidt

OSCon 2008 Video: Language Inflection Point

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.

OSCon 2008 Video: Revealing Errors

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.

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OSCon 2008 Video: Top 10 Scalability Mistakes

John Coggeshall of Automotive Computer Services presents "Top 10 Scalability Mistakes". From the official conference description:

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.

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OSCon 2008 Video: An Illustrated History of Failure

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.

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OSCon 2008 Video: Three Social Challenges

Dawn Nafus, an anthropologist at Intel, presents "Three Challenges". In the presentation, she posits that technology can make a large difference in three important social challenges.

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OSCon 2008 Video: Privacy and Safety

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.

OSCon 2008 Video: Learning From Airports

Jeremy Ruston of BT (British Telecom) Design delivers a short keynote on "Learning From Airports".

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OSCon 2008 Video: Moblin, Linux for Next Generation Mobile Internet

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 -- 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.

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OSCon 2008 Video: Cloud Computing with Persistent Data

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.