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Wednesday, July 24

Free Culture
Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School
Track: Keynote
Date: Wednesday, July 24
Time: 8:45am - 9:30am
Location: Grande Ballrooms ABC in the East Tower

What the technologists gave, the law is taking away. In this keynote, Professor Lessig describes the threat to innovation and creativity -- freedom -- that the law now threatens, and what you should do to resist it.

Available as an Audio (.mp3, 20.2 MB) download; a transcript is also available.


The Free Software Movement: Where All This Started From
Richard M. Stallman, Free Software Foundation
Track: Keynote
Date: Wednesday, July 24
Time: 9:30am - 10:15am
Location: Grande Ballrooms ABC in the East Tower

Free Software Foundation President RMS discusses the purpose, goals, philosophy, methods, status, and future prospects of the GNU operating system, which in combination with the kernel Linux is now used by an estimated 17 to 20 million users world wide. (Available as a .mp3, 20.1 MB download).


Thursday, July 25

Hacking the Genome: Open Source in Bioinformatics
Ewan Birney, European Bioinformatics Institute
Track: Keynote
Date: Thursday, July 25
Time: 8:45am - 9:30am
Location: Grande Ballrooms ABC in the East Tower

Bioinformatics is the application of large scale data management in molecular biology. Impressive data sets are being gathered via automated technologies which require extensive data management and programming skills. The exemplar is the human genome project, representing the core (and very cryptic) "source code" for a human. In this talk Birney presents the contributions of open source to this crucial research activity and a wish list for Perl, Python and Java for the future. (Available as an .mp3 (17.9 MB) download.


Evolution in Action
Jim Kent, UC Santa Cruz Genome Bioinformatics Group
Track: Keynote
Date: Thursday, July 25
Time: 9:30am - 10:15am
Location: Grande Ballrooms ABC in the East Tower

The process of mutation and selection has led to such marvels as the human genome. However, the same forces that lead to an occasional evolutionary advance more frequently result in painful genetic diseases. Evolution occurs not only in the development of species, but in the development of an immune response, and even the development of cancer. This talk examines the many faces of evolution, and compares them to human design both in software and in genetic engineering. Available as a 19.9 MB .mp3 download.


Friday, July 26

The Changing Relationship Between Business and Developers
Paul Pangaro, Ph.D., Sun Microsystems, Inc., Elaine B. Coleman, Ph.D., Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Track: Keynote
Date: Friday, July 26
Time: 8:45am - 9:30am
Location: Grande Ballrooms ABC in the East Tower

In the evolution of software, the role of developers has evolved from corporate-affiliated master coder increasingly towards free-lance peer collaborator. Sun has been studying developers and businesses, and lead strategists for Sun's developer services present their findings. Has this lead to a power shift? Can business continue to dictate to developers or will the next market successes come from collaboration? (Available as a .mp3 (22.3 MB) download.


Challenges of Open Source in Visual Effects
Milton Ngan, Weta Digital Ltd
Track: Keynote
Date: Friday, July 26
Time: 9:30am - 10:15am
Location: Grande Ballrooms ABC in the East Tower

To meet the challenges of producing high quality visual effects for "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, it was decided that Linux was going to be the platform of choice to produce the effects. This in itself was a challenge to integrate and make Linux a viable platform for visual effects production, a platform for not only rendering visual effects, but also creating visual effects. From these challenges, we can see opportunities to give something in return to the Open Source community. There are many applications and infrastructure ideas that can be realised and shared in this community that will benefit not only the visual effects industry, but the wider community.

(You can download this presentation as a .mov (126.1 MB) or .mpg (127.3 MB) file)




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