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Panel : Open Source Software Successes and Challenges. Margaret Elliott, ISR Pankaj Garg, ZeeSource Jason Robbins, UCI (formerly Collab.net) Walt Scacchi, ISR (moderator) ISR Research Forum 8 June 2004. Who is investing in OSS?. Large corporations: (IT and Financial)

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panel open source software successes and challenges

Panel: Open Source Software Successes and Challenges

Margaret Elliott, ISR

Pankaj Garg, ZeeSource

Jason Robbins, UCI (formerly Collab.net)

Walt Scacchi, ISR (moderator)

ISR Research Forum

8 June 2004

who is investing in oss
Who is investing in OSS?
  • Large corporations: (IT and Financial)
    • IBM-Eclipse, Sun-NetBeans and OpenOffice, HP-Gelato, Apple-Darwin, Microsoft Research-Rotor, SAP-DB, etc.
    • Barclays Global Investors, DKW, Merrill Lynch, UBS
  • Mid-size corporations:
    • RedHat, Novell, Borland, BEA Systems
  • Small (start-up) companies:
    • ActiveState (now part of Sophos), Collab.Net, Jabber, Ximian (now part of Novell), JBoss, Compiere, etc.
  • Government agencies:
    • U.S.: DoD, Energy, NSF
panel questions
Panel questions
  • What is the basic difference between free versus open source software business models for software development?
  • What are some notable OSS success stories and why?
  • Is the OSS repository, SourceForge.net, safe with VA Software in the long-term?
panel questions1
Panel questions
  • How do you distinguish the good from the bad OSS projects?
  • What challenges or opportunities will the oss community face next?
  • How do F/OSS developers earn income from working on free/open source software projects?
panel questions2
Panel questions
  • How are the successes and challenges of OSS different from or the same as those faced by closed source software development?
  • Should OSS developers reveal their corporate identities?
  • How can businesses building proprietary software convert a product to a F/OSS project and continue making profits?
panel questions3
Panel questions
  • How can the successes and challenges of OSS be understood in traditional software engineering terms?
  • How can traditional software development organizations learn from the successes and challenges of OSS, or the other way around?
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