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O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention

July 17-20, 2000 in Monterey, California

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Church and State
Speaker: Dick Hardt
Track: Business
Date: 07/20/2000
Time: 10:45am - 11:30am
Location: San Carlos IV

As more companies become involved in the OSS space and valuations skyrocket, the line between community and business becomes increasingly blurred. How do we ensure that the merits and ideals of open source are not co-opted by corporations, yet still allow for commercial enterprise benefits?. Like a church, the community sets the values for software creation and evolution based on an open development model with everyone contributing. And like a state that gives security to its people, companies provide quality assurance, packaging and services, stability, and ease of use for applying the software to real-world business solutions. As the two groups perform very different and yet complimentary functions, a merging would undermine the very elements that allow both to flourish. The separation of church and state is essential for OSS to retain the edge over proprietary software and remain THE software backbone of the Internet.

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