Don't Miss the 8th Annual Open Source Convention

Nat Torkington Tim O'Reilly

As we write these words, Oracle have bought two open source companies and are rumored to be hungry for more. Bloggers, pundits, and workaday journalists are choosing sides on whether this is good for open source or bad. We come down on the good side: even if Oracle fed all its open source employees into a blender next Thursday there'd still be an open sourced codebase for the next venture-funded crew of hotshot hackers to pick up and sail to safety. In Babylon 5 terms, open source is our last best hope for software.

We've never been good at mustering outrage when companies become involved in open source--after all, we've had the president of Sun keynote as many times as we've had Richard Stallman keynote (that's once, for those of you following along at home) and we've hosted a debate between Microsoft and Red Hat. The growth in stability and scope of open source has been part of this evolving symbiotic relationship between commerce and creativity. While we regularly focus on the commerce and the creativity, this year we're mixing in talks and tutorials on the relationship.

We're presenting not just the best minds from PHP, Python, Ruby, Perl, MySQL, Java, Linux, and other key open source technologies. We're presenting not just the hottest projects, the latest developments, and the answers to your current and future development and deployment problems. Now, for the first time, we're looking into the very nature of that relationship between business and open source.

If you're a business, you're probably struggling to understand how decisions are made in the chaotic world of open source. If you're an open source project you're probably wondering how to get taken seriously by the businesses you want to work with. We've got experts like Doc Searls (co-author of "The Cluetrain Manifesto"), Karl Fogel (author of "Producing Open Source"), and Marten Mickos (CEO of MySQL) to give you the answers. We're tackling law, marketing, public relations, engineering, and the overall issue of governance in an exciting series of talks and tutorials.

We're also opening up the creativity, offering rooms during the week for informal discussions and grassroots conferencing. We're glad to work with the local open source user groups and organizations like OSDL, OSU, and more to bring you the biggest and best open source conference in America.

So whether you're looking for great networking, insights into business, or good solid technical insights, we hope you'll join us and more than 2000 of open source's best and brightest in Portland this July for our eighth Open Source Convention.

Nathan Torkington
Program Chair
O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Tim O'Reilly
Founder & CEO
O'Reilly Media, Inc.