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July 29, 2004

Continuing Importance of Community Development

Second keynote of OSCON 2004 day 4 is Bdale Garbee from HP (Linux CTO). Bdale points out that a large percentage of open source developers start using or working on open source prujects in their free time. Interesting to think that the Wright brothers (airplane) and Robert Goddard (rocketry) both worked on their projects without funding in their spare time. Bdale was involved in an amateur sattelite project, OSCAR-7 put in orbit in 1974 and is still operational. OSCAR 40 took 4.5 million dollars donated in small chunks ($30) over 10 years.

Speaks about the Debian distribution as a good example of the efforts of community, used a social contract, guidelines document and constitution to help make decisions, clarify roles and assist with conflicts.

Posted by mike at July 29, 2004 10:29 AM