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Community Summit: Open Source software communities in the age of cloud computing
    Thursday October 11, 2012 1:30pm - 5:30pm @ Room Bruxelles

    For the fifth year running, the Community Summit addresses the key issues impacting the growth and management of open source communities. This year, free and open source software communities leaders at the Summit will look at the challenges posed by the emergence of cloud computing to their communities and will ponder on new vendor lock-in strategies, the repositioning of software, the necessary linkage with open data, etc.

    In this session we will debate on the changes brought by the emergence of cloud computing to the roles and functioning of free and open source software communities.

    Free and open source software communities developed on the basis of one fundamental principle and four freedoms. The fundamental principle is the ability to access the code. And the four freedoms are those defined by the Free Software Foundation: the freedom to use the software for any purpose, to study it, to redistribute it and to redistribute modified versions of it.

    Today's cloud computing software innovation is mostly open source. Open source innovation leads in all compartments of the cloud computing stack: virtualization, VM management, security, file systems, monitoring, big data, broker, etc. A fertile terrain for free and open source software communities.

    However, as we all know, what customers get with cloud computing is a service, not software. With cloud computing, software is hosted and vendors do not distribute it. Since the code is no longer circulating, improvements to the software are no longer shared.

    Is cloud computing changing the fate of open source software communities? Open source software community members are the primary implementors of the software, they create value directly for the end user. With cloud computing, the value creators are the hosting companies; they mediate the software value creation process and they have the ability to generate new kind of proprietary lock-in, foe example at the data level.

    Whereas IT freedom used to be broadly defined in terms of software accessibility, in the age of cloud computing it must now be defined in terms of service accessibility and data freedom. How do we define free service? Is open data the new open source? Is cloud computing a paradigm shift that makes open source claims irrelevant? What does “open” and “free” mean in the age of cloud computing? What new challenges are posed to free and open source software communities?


    Who should attend:

    • community leaders and contributors

    • cloud computing architects

    • hosting companies' executives

    • students and developers

    • CIO's concerned by vendor lock-in


    Come and join renowned community leaders and practitioners : Leslie Hawthorn (Red Hat), Lars Kurth (Xen), Dave Neary (Red Hat), Simon Phipps (Open Source Initiative), Cedric Thomas (OW2), and Ross Turk (Ceph), Ralph Mueller (eclipse.org); come share your opinion, your questions, your concerns in a lively interactive session.


    Cloud Computing and the Xen Community,
    Lars Kurth (Xen)

    The Xen Hypervisor open source project was founded in 2003 as a direct result of Cambridge Universities XenoServer research project that defined Cloud Computing as we know it today. In 2006 Amazon Web Services built their business on top of Xen, followed by Slicehost and many other cloud and hosting providers. In other words: the Xen project provided the technology that enabled many multi-million dollar businesses to thrive. However, until recently cloud and service providers have not been active members of the Xen community. This talk will look at characteristics of the Xen community, its evolution over time, consider licensing and related topics. We will also look at incentives to engage service providers and help them become more active members of your open source community.



    Compromise and Collaboration: Engaging FOSS Contributors in the Age of Cloud Computing, Leslie Hawthorn

    As FOSS communities look to bring on new contributors, we're faced with a fundamental challenge - our new would-be users, contributors and advocates are largely operating in a world of non-free software. While the fact that most folks are using proprietary software - and that FOSS advocates would prefer they use FOSS - is nothing new, the rise of cloud computing puts a different spin on the problem. The ease of use promised by software as a service applications, the ubiquity and popularity of non-free social networks and the great increase in non-free real-time communications tools presents us with a more difficult use case: how do we convince folks of the value of FOSS when they expect things to "just work" and want to "hang out" where their friends are?

    In this talk, Leslie Hawthorn will explore the tensions between effectively engaging our audience of would-be converts to FOSS while maintaining the values of software freedom. Specifically, she will explore the activist roots of the free software movement and how these
    activist principles can be channelled to effectively amplify the value of FOSS amongst users of cloud services and other non-free tools. Last but not least, she will discuss some libre tools that can be used in our community outreach activities, allowing us to effectively engage with
    our audience's user experience expectations while preserving software freedom in our discourse.

    Cedric Thomas, is OW2 CEO. An IT industry veteran with twenty-five...

    Dave Neary works on SDN and NFV community strategy as a member...

    Lars Kurth is a highly effective, passionate community manager...

    An internationally known community manager, speaker and author...

    Ross Turk is Vice President of Community for Inktank, responsible...

    Simon Phipps is President at the Open Source Initiative (OSI...

    Type Community
    Universe Think

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