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.
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.
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.