OSCon 2008 Video: Does Open Source Need to Be Organic?

A panel consisting of Brian Aker of MySQL, Rob Lanphier of Linden Lab, Stephen O'Grady of Redmonk, and Theodore Ts'o of the Linux Foundation gives some answers to the question, "Does Open Source Need to Be Organic?" This topic stemmed from a few posts by Ts'o a few months before OSCon.

From the official conference description:

there’s much more to a software project than just the license. Are software projects dominated by a single company still open source? Does a project need to be 'organic' to be truly open source? What does "organic" even mean in this context? Join us as we discuss these topics and more.

OSCon 2008 Video: Open Voices (Legal Panel)

"Open Voices" was a legal panel consisting of Jim Zemlin of The Linux Foundation, Keith Bergelt of the Open Invention Network, Karen Sandler of the Software Freedom Law Center and Phil Robb of Hewlett Packard (FOSS Bazaar project).

OSCon 2008 Video: Perl Lightning Talks

The video starts after the presentation started. According to the schedule at, pgtap is discussed first so there's not much missing on the video (the video starts with talking about pgtap).

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OSCon 2008 Video: history.forward()

Sam Ramji, Senior Director of Platform Strategy at Microsoft presents a keynote entitled "history.forward()". From the official conference description:

Over the past ten years, open source has fundamentally changed the way developers learn, communicate and code together. Over the past three years, Microsoft has made significant strides towards more fully participating in open source communities. This talk will discuss community participation and new ways in which Microsoft is architecting to contribute over the next ten years of open source development.

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.

Resources used in the talk.

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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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