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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?


Open source software research web site at uci
Open sourcesoftware researchWeb site atUCI


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