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[News] An Example of Open Source Business and Another OSCON Overview

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Open Source Pricing Incentives and Business Strategies: the GroundWork case

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| I asked David Dennis, senior director of product marketing at Groundwork, to 
| keep me updated about the initiative, below some answers on the topic of 
| GroundWork Monitor Starter Edition.  


Post-OSCON roundup 

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| A lot’s happened in the few days since my keynote at OSCON and I think it’s 
| time I did a round-up of women-in-open-source-related stuff from the 
| conference itself and the not-quite-a-week since.  
| Some wins for the conference:
|     * Gina Blaber from O’Reilly tells me that female attendance is up, and it 
|     looked that way to me. I’d guess around 5%, which of course is still kind 
|     of appalling, but I think a bit higher than last year.  
|     * Proportion of female speakers is up to 8.9% (from 8.36% last year). 
|     That’s just based on actual numbers of people, not the talks they gave; 
|     it might be a smidge higher based on number of talks. A small 
|     improvement, but any improvement is good at this point.    



2009 Google-O'Reilly Open Source Award Winners

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| At this year's OSCON (O'Reilly Open Source Convention) event that took place
| last week in San Jose, California, Google announced the winners of its
| Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards, which are given every year to the top
| contributors in various IT-related domains. Individuals that have shown
| exceptional dedication, leadership, innovation and have been actively
| contributing to open source development were rewarded in a ceremony in front
| of their peers.


OSCON 2009

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| I’d be hard-put to say whether OSCON or RubyConf is my favorite conference of
| the year; when I miss either I’m grumpy. Here’s a brief report from the
| latest San Jose instalment, with pictures.


Standing out in the crowd: my OSCON keynote

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| If you weren’t at OSCON this morning, here is what I spoke about in my
| keynote, Standing Out in the Crowd. I’m including most of the key visuals, so
| my apologies for the image-heavy post. I’ll also be uploading to
| slideshare.net (with voiceover I hope) and I’m told there will be video up at
| the OSCON blip.tv channel in due course. (ETA: it’s up.)


Open source conference likely back in Portland next year

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| Organizers of a major open source technology conference said today there's
| a "good chance" they'll return the event to Portland next summer following
| one year in San Jose.
| The weeklong O'Reilly Open Source Convention spent six years in Portland
| before moving to California for the 2009 event, which wrapped up this
| afternoon. At the convention's closing address, in response to a question,
| organizers told attendees they would probably move the event back to Portland
| in 2010.


OSCON interview snippets

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| OSCON 2009 is now drawing to a close, and, before we hop on a flight back to
| the UK, we spent an hour or two typing up just a few snippets from some of
| the interviews we conducted at the conference. So, if you'd like to read what
| Jacob Kaplan-Moss thinks about Google, what Jim Zemlin thinks about Larry
| Lessig, what Michael Tiemann thinks about lobbyists, what Stormy Peters
| thinks about KDE, what Evan Prodromou thinks about Miguel de Icaza and what
| Bradley Kuhn thinks about Mono, read on...


OSCON 2009 - Expo Hall


OSCON: Building Belonging (in communities)

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| Jono suggests that "Stories are vessels of best practice." Whenever a
| community shares a story, it usually has a message attached to it--an
| anecdote that usually comes to some concrete point. Stories give community
| members a sense of purpose and belonging; he encourages people to tell
| stories in their communities.


OSCON so far

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| OSCON has a major problem: There’s way too much to do! So far, this week has
| been chock full of excitement.
| Though not part of the “official” OSCON program, the Community Leadership
| Summit started on Saturday. Lots of people from OSCON were in attendance, but
| also a fair number of people from communities that have nothing to do with
| open source. This was a pretty good mix. A few hundred people showed up
| Saturday morning, and a smaller crowed turned up Sunday.


Google O'Reilly Open Source Awards announced

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| At OSCON 2009 in San Jose, California, Google announced the winners of this
| years Google O'Reilly Open Source Awards. The awards have been presented each
| year since 2005 to individuals for their "dedication, innovation, leadership
| and outstanding contribution to open source".

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