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O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Sheraton San Diego Hotel, San Diego, CA
July 23-27, 2001

News Coverage


Who Will Capture the Economic Benefits of Open Source?

Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Brian Behlendorf, Founder & CTO, CollabNet
Michael Olson
Hal Varian, Economist and Dean, School of Information Management and Systems at University of California at Berkeley

Track: Strategic Summit
Date: Wednesday, July 25
Time: 11:30am - 12:15pm
Location: Catalina Ballroom

One of the curious things about the success of open source and the Internet is that the economic benefits have often been captured by other parties than those who developed the software. Internet Service Providers built a multi-billion dollar industry providing free software services (TCP/IP, Bind, Sendmail, Apache-based web hosting) to their customers; Network Solutions captured the directory services revenue implicit in the domain name system; Yahoo!, AOL, and other successful websites captured the revenue from the open source explosion that fueled the web. Microsoft, Netscape, Sun, Cisco, Intel, and IBM sold picks and shovels to the miners. A big change in the open source culture is the attempt of open source software developers to capture some of the value that results from their own work.

Tim O'Reilly will be joined by Brian Behlendorf, president of the Apache Software Foundation and CTO and founder of Collab.Net, and Hal Varian, Economist, and Dean of the School of Information Management and Systems at University of California at Berkeley for a discussion of this topic.

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