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The Open Source Paradigm Shift - What I Really Said

by Tim O'Reilly
Jul. 10, 2003

It's always sobering to read blogs and summaries of talks I give. I see what got through and what didn't, and how hard it is to get my ideas concise enough. While I'm flattered to be blogged at all, I also worry that people reading the blogs will dismiss the argument if all they read are the fragmentary reports of people trying to capture a complex talk in real time.

The best summary of the keynote talk I gave at the Open Source Conference in Portland yesterday is actually Rob Macmillan's interview for eWeek. While it wasn't actually a report on the talk, I made all the same points in the interview. The difference is that Rob had it on tape, and so had the time to get down all the details.

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. In addition to Foo Camps ("Friends of O'Reilly" Camps, which gave rise to the "un-conference" movement), O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the Web 2.0 Summit, the Web 2.0 Expo, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, the Gov 2.0 Summit, and the Gov 2.0 Expo. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar, "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim's long-term vision for his company is to change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. In addition to O'Reilly Media, Tim is a founder of Safari Books Online, a pioneering subscription service for accessing books online, and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, an early-stage venture firm.

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