"Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" by Brian King @ eLiberatica 2008

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This is a presentation held at eLiberatica 2008.

http://www.eliberatica.ro/2008/

One of the biggest events of its kind in Eastern Europe, eLiberatica brings community leaders from around the world to discuss about the hottest topics in FLOSS movement, demonstrating the advantages of adopting, using and developing Open Source and Free Software solutions.

The eLiberatica organizational committee together with our speakers and guests, have graciously allowed media representatives and all attendees to photograph, videotape and otherwise record their sessions, on the condition that the photos, videos and recordings are licensed under the Creative Commons Share-Alike 3.0 License.

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"Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" by Brian King @ eLiberatica 2008

  1. 1. STANDING ON THESHOULDERS OF GIANTS FOSS WILL GET YOU THERE
  2. 2. THE CONCEPTFOSS will help you start your business, innovate, and grow.
  3. 3. THE IDEA I have this great idea ... but I want to get it out there quick before someone else does...
  4. 4. SOURCE
  5. 5. WHY FOSS? Avoid lock-in Cheaper? No. More flexible licensing "More than one way to do it" No need to reinvent the wheel* More eyes = less bugs More secure* let the developers do that
  6. 6. MYTHS"Open Source copies, it does not innovate""Open Source is just for amateur hackers""Free = less reliable""OSS Projects are not into making money"
  7. 7. DEBUNKING THE MYTHS(1) people work harder on stuff they like.(2) the standard office environment is very unproductive.(3) that bottom-up often works better than top-down*Source: Paul Graham, What Businesses can learn from OpenSource*exceptions : e.g. Apple
  8. 8. DEBUNKING SOME MOREOpen Source adoption in business up 26% in 2007.*Large FOSS Projects MySQL ZOPE Mozilla eZ Systems* Source - Open Logic
  9. 9. BUT REMEMBER...Open Source Software may cost just asmuch, if not more, than proprietarysoftware.
  10. 10. SOURCE
  11. 11. CROWDSOURCINGCrowdsourcing is the new outsourcing.
  12. 12. GO FURTHERLet your customers design your projectsSee : The Customer is the Company, Inc Magazine 2008
  13. 13. BUSINESS MODELS Product Model Services Model Consultancy Government Non-IT sector, IT departmentMany others....
  14. 14. BUSINESS SOFTWARE NEEDS Simple Rapid Prototyping Gets the job done Interoperable Scalability Reliable Secure
  15. 15. STRUCTURED INFODeveloping Communication VCS IM Languages Email Dev Tools Documents Project Collaboration
  16. 16. INFRASTRUCTUREServer side... Apache PHP Python Ruby MySQL
  17. 17. THE S WORDSThe WEB 2.0 WayPlatforms, Toolkits, Frameworks and APIs = MASHUPS
  18. 18. FRAMEWORKSDjangoRuby on RailsZopeZend... and many more
  19. 19. SCRIPT SAVIOURSJQueryYUIDojoPrototype...
  20. 20. SHIFTING DATA Moving Data + Giving it context + UI... tools are so widespread thatthey becoming less of the focus.
  21. 21. NOT THE RIGHT FIT?Build from scratch....ORFIX IT!... file bugs, write patches,devote developer time...
  22. 22. BEWARE Licenses Forks Passing Trends Organisation and Structure - make sure the project is well governed
  23. 23. OPENING UPWhen you open up your code... Ensure transparency Build the infrastructure and community (sites, wiki, bug tracking,mailing lists, code repository...) Developer APIs for your services
  24. 24. CONCLUSIONOpen Source....ENABLES....MATTERS....WORKS....PAYS....INSPIRES....
  25. 25. GET IN TOUCH! brian@mozdev.org http://briks.si

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