What Happens When the Money Comes?
Danese Cooper, Open Source Diva, Intel and Open Source Initiative
Mitchell Baker, CEO, Mozilla Corporation
Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media, Inc.
David Recordon, Open Platforms Tech Lead, Six Apart
Susan Wu, Principal, Charles River Ventures
Track: Emerging Topics, Business
Date: Thursday, July 27
This year has seen several high-profile acquisitions of FOSS codebases involving some very wealthy companies, including IBM (Gluecode), Oracle (Zend & SleepyCat), and RedHat (JBoss), and of course Web 2.0 companies bought FOSS too, such as SixApart (LiveJournal) and Yahoo! (Flickr, del.icio.us). At the same time some of the largest FOSS communities, including Kernel.org, Apache, and Mozilla, have found themselves contemplating changes in response to the pressures of success. Can open source be conquered by buy-out? What does it mean to buy a FOSS community? How do we keep the "free" and "open" in FOSS? Listen to voices at the forefront of this issue, including Mitchell Baker (Mozilla), Tim O'Reilly, Geir Magnussen (Gluecode), Susie Wu (Zend Technologies), and Dave Recordon (LiveJournal). Moderated by Danese Cooper.