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O'Reilly Open Source Convention


The Missing Open Source Projects
Robert "r0ml" Lefkowitz, Asurion

Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Friday, July 11
Time: 11:15am - 12:00pm
Location: Salon I

Myths to the contrary, open source projects (by and large) involve a small nuclear cadre that do most of the work. As such, software that requires extensive collaboration, scaling across large numbers of computers, and support for computing diversity during lengthy transitions is rare.

Proprietary software tools are the norm for solving these problems at large financial institutions, and most of the problems have no open source solution. The problem is not unique to financiial institutions. Even Linus Torvalds uses proprietary software to manage the collaboration on the Linux source tree.

In cases where such open source software exists, it is so poorly engineered that companies have sprung up whose business is charging for installation and customization support--often costing more than comparable proprietary alternatives.

For a half dozen holes in the open source inventory, Lefkowitz's presentation covers:
a) the problem specifications with
b) some explanation of why the problems are important, and
c) how they are usually solved with proprietary software.
d) A simple use case that could be implemented on your home network along with a few friends,
e) if any are known to exist, projects which might be enhanced or mutated to address these problems.

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