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Open Source Over the Years: Patchworks and Connections
Edward Moy, Unix Operating System Engineer, Apple Computers, Inc.

Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Friday, July 30
Time: 10:45am - 11:30am
Location: Columbia


The computing world has changed dramatically over the last thirty years, in hardware, software, and philosophy. Edward Moy shares his experiences, from teletypes to graphical personal computers, timesharing to modern Unix variants, and proprietary software to open sourcing. He traces the impact of open source software, especially Perl, Python, and X Windows, on his life, while working at such places as the University of California at Berkeley, Xerox PARC, and now, Apple.

Moy is currently working on an open source package management system, though he likes to refer to this as a software maintenance system, with packages as an implementation detail. He will show how his past experiences have culminated into a design that is highly extensible and ties together a myriad of existing open source software. While the current work is much closer to the beginning than the end, he hopes to demonstrate something of the system, and also to show some interesting accomplishments, like getting Python and Prolog to interoperate and access a persistent object database.

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