I just finished listening to Marten Mickos at PARC Forum on open source businesses. Below please find my list of key statements from this talk. Most are well-known, some remain controversial, however, as a researcher it is good to be able to pinpoint such statements.
It’s April 2nd, so the Apache Software Foundation’s 2010 April Fools’ joke is over. Here is why I liked it a lot. It represents a hypothetical: What if the ASF and its projects could be bought? Or, if not bought, then put under control or strong influence of corporate interests like in traditional open source consortia? It would put the very software infrastructure we take for granted under partisan control and there is no guarantee that those partisan or corporate interests would be in the interest of the public good.
These days, I get involved in a lot of discussions about open source economics. Usually, they lead to an invitation to present our research and clarify “how open source works” to the audience. I’ve found it helpful to distinguish these three rather different areas of open source economics: (1) direct profits, (2) public welfare, (3) labor market. In more detail:
Update, 2010-03-19: Linux Magazin made the talk video available. Their data shows that more than 10,000 people watched it live!
I noticed an increasing interest into a general-interest talk of mine on how open source creates a new software developer career. This is not a rara (pep) talk but rather (I hope) an economically rational and sound analysis of changes in the software developer labor market brought about by open source. Here is the current abstract:
Next three public talks on open source that I’ll be giving in Germany:
- Nuremberg, 25.02.10 – Talend Business Lunch, talk topic: Sustainability of Commercial Open Source
- Hannover, 02.03.10 – CeBIT Open Source Forum keynote: Open Source Software Developer Careers
- Erlangen, 30.04.10 – Tag der Informatik, Uni Erlangen-Nürnberg: Open Source and the Software End-Game
Update 2010-05-28: The accepted papers are listed here now. If you are looking for a well-documented object-oriented framework to try your method, check-out this JUnit 3.8 documentation. There is more object-oriented software design case study documentation, of course.
OOPSLA 2010 Research Papers
October 17 to 20
Reno/Tahoe Nevada, USA
Paper Submission Deadline: March 25, 2010
Accept/Reject Notification Date: May 24, 2010
OOPSLA 2010 solicits research papers that present new research, report novel technical results, advance the state of the art, or discuss experience or experimentation. The scope of OOPSLA includes all aspects of programming languages and software engineering, broadly construed.
I will be participating in the Computing Community Consortium’s workshop on the future of open source research at UC Irvine next month. The organizers asked participants to provide a short opinion on three research areas they feel warrant further research. I chose the following three general topics:
- Quantitative Analyses of Actual Programmer Behavior
- Improved Open Source Process and Tooling
- Decision Models for Industry Participation in Community Open Source