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Ubiquitous Open Source. Mitchell Kapor October 23, 2003. Surprise Successes. GNU/Linux, Apache Perl, Python, PHP Open Office, Mozilla. A Different Way to Organize Work. Transparent Distributed Voluntary?. “Free” Software. #Free as in Beer Free as in Freedom

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Ubiquitous open source

Ubiquitous Open Source

Mitchell Kapor

October 23, 2003


Surprise successes

Surprise Successes

  • GNU/Linux, Apache

  • Perl, Python, PHP

  • Open Office, Mozilla


A different way to organize work

A Different Way to Organize Work

  • Transparent

  • Distributed

  • Voluntary?


Free software

“Free” Software

  • #Free as in Beer

  • Free as in Freedom

  • From ideology to pragmatism


Like flowing water where oss can go it will go

Like flowing water, where OSS can go, it will go


Challenges

Challenges

  • Can OSS sustain itself?

  • Can OSS innovate?


Can oss sustain itself

Can OSS Sustain Itself?

  • Revenue not important if OSS critical to business strategy (IBM)

  • 80% of Apache developers paid by their employers

  • New funding models (OSAF)


Can oss innovate

Can OSS Innovate?

  • Most successes so far focus on engineering not design

  • Jury is out on open source applications

  • Consensus and extreme decentralization may impede risk-taking


New models

New Models

  • Flexible licensing models

  • Customer-funded development

  • Mixed ecology of not-for-profit and for-profit organizations


Is the start up dream over

Is the Start-up Dream Over?

  • Yes, if your goal is GRQ

  • No, if your goal is making an honest living, having rewarding work, and creating useful, elegant products


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