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|Wednesday, July 24|
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.
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|
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.
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|
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.
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)