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||Open Source is Here to Stay
by Tim O'Reilly
Since our first Perl Conference in 1997, open source has grown from the
hacker's secret weapon to a major force in serious enterprise computing.
Although the buzz about Linux as the next big thing for the industry has
receded along with the stock market, Linux, Apache, Perl, Python, PHP, MySQL,
and other open source technologies--not to mention the collaborative software
development methodologies pioneered by these programs--are more relevant than
ever as we tackle the heavy lifting necessary to create the next generation of
computer technology. Flexibility, transparency, and affordability make open
source a strong contender in fields as diverse as bioinformatics, embedded
systems, XML, and Web services.
This year's Open Source Convention is broader and deeper than ever
Our theme is "Fueling the Open Source Alternative," and we've put together
over 250 sessions in 14 tracks that will help you to understand the impact of
open source on today's technology marketplace, learn about the latest open
source tools and techniques, and share your own ideas with the developers who
are shaping the future of open source. As open source has become more diverse
and gained greater acceptance, we've found more innovations to unveil, success
stories to tell, and cross-technology solutions to build. You'll be able to go
deep into the technologies you use most, and you'll have plenty of chances to
check out new ideas from the developers who are pushing the envelope.
It's a tradition for key open source developers to gather annually at the
Open Source Convention. Familiar names like Larry Wall (Perl), Rasmus Lerdorf
(PHP), Guido van Rossum (Python), Brian Behlendorf (Apache), Michael Tiemann
(Linux and GNU tools), and Eric Raymond (open source sociology and community
practices) will be joined by up-and-coming open source stars with new
projects, like Kevin Lenzo (voice recognition and synthesis), and Matt
Sergeant (AxKit), as well as experts from other technologies that are now
high on the open source developer's radar, including Don Box (SOAP), Fred
Baker (IETF), chromatic (Extreme Programming), and Edd Dumbill (XML).
New this year:
The convention now includes the XTech2001 Conference on XML, presented in
association with GCA. XML is a key area for
all open source developers to understand. From the introductory track to the
Bleeding-Edge XML sessions, XTech brings you the latest XML developments in an
open source context.
PHP: In cooperation with the PHP Core
Group, we're proud to present the first annual PHP Conference.
O'Reilly Summit on Open Source Strategies: In
conjunction with CollabNet and O'Reilly Research, we've put together a
program for CTOs, CIOs, investors, and other IT decision-makers. What are the
best practices of collaborative software development, and what are the
challenges facing open source in the enterprise?
Tcl: The Tcl/Tk Conference has joined us
after seven years with USENIX.
The Perl Conference is back, of course, and Perl wizards like Tom
Christiansen, Randal Schwartz, Nat Torkington, Simon Cozens, Damian Conway,
and Mark-Jason Dominus bring you the newest applications of Perl. There's a
new track on mod_perl, plus conferences on Apache, MySQL, Mozilla, and open
source Java projects such as JBoss and OpenEJB.
Hallway conversations, BOFs, and parties are all crucial elements of the
Open Source Convention magic. You'll have many opportunities to talk with
attendees and session leaders.
Open source makes more sense than ever in today's cost-conscious climate.
I hope you'll join us for five days of intensely practical exploration into
the farthest realms of the expanding open source universe.
See you in San Diego.