This morning kicked off the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, where a mixed crowd of IT enterprise customers and vendors, lawyers, and venture capitalists rubbed elbows as they contemplated open source market strategies. In his keynote, Larry Augustin, CEO of Medsphere, left everyone with no doubt that the next frontier for open source software development is the applications space.
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Jonathan Schwartz closed his keynote at the Open Source Business Conference with his best imitation of a United Nations official, calling upon the world to adopt free and open source software (acronym alert: FOSS) as the way to stimulate third-world economies and unleash a major wave of technology innovation from the global community.
Read the fine print. Or, ask for it. That's the moral of this blog.
Harold Carr came and spoke to my graduate class on Middleware at BYU. Harold works for Sun and is the chief designer behind the PEPt architecture.
I spent this morning at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association confab in San Francisco, taking in the keynote panel [see a video clip] entitled "Attack of empowered consumer: Understanding new media markets." The first part of the session title is a typical Hollywood movie come-on, but the second part accurately described the issues that the cable and every other media outlet are facing.
During a panel at NCTA today, Google co-founder Larry Page announced his company's latest experimental service: video on demand.
Jo Best from Silicon.com, a sister CNET Networks property to ZDNet, reports that Microsoft still intends to ship Longhorn in 2006 and that the Redmond-based company doesn't think that the next version of its desktop operating system is going to suffer from any halo effect being introduced into the market by Apple's iPod.
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