O'Reilly Open Source Convention - August 1-5, 2005 - Portland, Oregon
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The Future is Open

Save the date for the 8th annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention, happening July 24-28, 2006 at the Oregon Convention Center in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

OSCON is the place to gather with open source leaders and practitioners of every persuasion to exchange ideas and push the boundaries of vital open source technologies. At OSCON 2005, we explored three deep trends affecting open source: the commoditization of software, network-enabled collaboration, and software customizability. Those discussions, and more, will continue in 2006. Also in 2005, we introduced the Open Source Business Review, along with a host of other exciting presentations and events.

The Call for Participation opens in December 2005; we'll unveil the program and open general registration in April 2006.

News, Articles, Weblogs, and Photos from OSCON 2005

OSCON 2005 Presentation Files

Sesssions in iCal.Sessions in iCalendar Format (More info)

OSCON 2005 Featured Speakers

Rod Cope
Rod Cope
OpenLogic, inc.
Jeff Waugh
Jeff Waugh
Gnome/Waugh Partners
Craig R. McClanahan
Craig R. McClanahan
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Doug Cutting
Doug Cutting

Registration/Sign In Hours

On-site Registration and Badge pick-up will be at the Oregon Convention Center. Hours are as follows:

Tutorial Attendee Registration Only:
Sunday 4pm-8pm
Monday 7am-6:30pm
Tuesday 7am-1pm

Open Source Business Review, Convention Sessions, and Exhibit Hall Attendee Registration:
Tuesday 1pm-6:30pm
Wednesday 7am-6:30pm
Thursday 8am-6:30pm
Friday 8am-2pm

OSCON is the crossroads of all things open source, so it's the one place where you can:

  • Hear practical talks--learn how and why, not what to buy

  • Solve your open source problems in just under a week

  • Meet almost everyone who's anyone in the OS community

  • Share plenty of "ah-ha!" moments with users working through the same development and deployment issues

  • Check out the up and coming projects and personalities

  • Lay hands on the latest toys, apps, and goodies in the biggest OSCON exhibit hall yet

Conference News

How to Schmooze at OSCON--Conference-goer extraordinaire Robert Bernier offers tips and techniques to help you meet 'n' greet--and get down to business--at OSCON.

Enter Hewlett-Packard's second annual photo contest at OSCON. Visit the HP booth in the Exhibit Hall to register and receive all of the details. The first 100 photo contest registrants will receive a special gift from HP when they sign up. Grand Prize winners will receive fabulous HP prizes. Visit HP for more info.

While you're at OSCON, go to the zoo! The SpikeZoo TestFest Lounge, that is. Brought to you by O'Reilly and SpikeSource, the Lounge features snacks, beverages, comfy lounge seating, wireless access for your laptop, and much more--even big screen TVs with Sony PlayStations! SpikeSource engineers will be on hand to answer all of your questions about open source testing. Ongoing demonstrations will showcase the testing of popular open source components, including SugarCRM, Mambo, and phpPGAdmin/phpMyAdmin, as well as the SpikeSource core stack. It's all happening August 3rd and 4th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Don't miss it!

Just 3 more weeks until The 7th Annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention August 1-5, 2005. Come spend an energizing week in beautiful Portland, Oregon, and connect with other developers from around the world and across the open source spectrum. From Linux and Perl to security, databases, and more, the 2005 edition of OSCON helps you get where you need to go with open source. Register today.

The Buzz from 2004 -- Check out the O'Reilly Network's news coverage and blogs from the 2004 O'Reilly Open Source Convention.

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A Web 2.0 Checklist -- Kurt Cagle enumerates a checklist of the common properties of Web 2.0 companies, projects, and technologies.
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GPL gets another brickbat--but where does the Sarbanes-Oxley problem really lie? -- Free software add its own complications to licensing laws, but code reviews and dual-licensing provide recourses.
posted by Andy Oram, Feb. 22, 2006

The Difference Between MySQL and Google -- The ever-insightful Bernard Golden's February 2006 Open Source Newsletter compares and contrasts Internet advertising giant Google (whose product sells for pennies per unit) with the growing but unassuming MySQL UC (with a free product, of course, but also licensing fees more than a few pennies per unit). Yet for all Google's giant presence, it needs MySQL or something like MySQL to succeed. What does that mean for your organization? Bernard has a few ideas....
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Vanilla, We Love You More -- We wanted forums for Makezine.com. We could have bludgeoned ourselves over all the features we thought we wanted. Instead, we decided on a pretty basic install of Vanilla and couldn't be happier.
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Time for Java developers to put up or shut up -- Tonight at midnight pacific time the OSCON Call for Participation closes. Is there an open source Java project you are passionate about? Write it up in a proposal and click the submit button.
posted by Daniel H. Steinberg, Feb. 13, 2006

Speaking at RSA 2006 -- I'll be speaking at the RSA conference next week. Here is what I plan to discuss...
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Oracle: Seeing a Blue Light Special on Open Source? -- Oracle looking to acquire JBoss, Zend, and Sleepycat.
posted by Jonah Harris, Feb. 10, 2006

Open Source & The Fallacy Of Composition -- Recently I posted about the Fallacy Of Composition (which says that an advantage shared by everyone is not an advantage) and how it applies to digital music: If everyone can make and distribute music cheaply, the price they can charge goes down and they all make less money. It should apply to open source as well. Is there an escape route?
posted by Spencer Critchley, Feb. 8, 2006

What should be in the next version of NoUnit (a Junit Extension)? -- NoUnit is an open-source code coverage tool that shows you the effectiveness of your JUnit tests. After a suitable pause , we're thinking of starting work on the next version. What do you think should be included?
posted by Paul Browne, Feb. 8, 2006

(Open) Office Party -- Kurt Cagle looks at recent developments in the Open Office suite.
posted by Kurt Cagle, Feb. 3, 2006

Diamond Sponsors

Computer Associates International Inc., (CA)
Hewlett Packard
Sun Microsystems

Platinum Sponsors

Novell, Inc.

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Black Duck Software
Covalent Technologies
GroundWork Open Source Solutions
Intel Corporation
Mergere, Inc.
Yahoo! Inc.
Zend Technologies, Inc.

Media Sponsors

boing boing
C/C++ Users Journal
DevtownStation News
Digital ID World
Enterprise Open Source Journal
Free Software Magazine
InsideMac Radio
Integration Developer News
Linux Journal
Open Enterprise Trends
Software Association of Oregon
Version Tracker
Wi-Fi Technology Forum
Women's Technology Cluster

In-Kind Sponsors

Dell Inc.
Griffin Technology
Harman Multimedia


OSCON 2005 Sponsor Opportunities — Email us at

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OSCON 2005 Media Sponsor Opportunities — Call Margi Levin at 707-827-7184 or email at

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