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OSCON FLASH: Lessig to Abandon Pulpit, RMS Reveals Halo  In his second-to-last speech to the Open Source and Free Software communities, Prof. Lawrence Lessig warned that "never before has there existed such control of culture by so few." And Richard Stallman, the controversial President of the Free Software Foundation called on the audience to stop conceding that copying or sharing is an infringement of copyright.  [DesktopLinux.com]

InfoWorld: O'Reilly DMCA demonstration goes out with a whimper  A planned demonstration against a controversial copyright protection law fizzled Friday as open source luminary Bruce Perens stepped back from his plans to demonstrate DVD (digital video/versatile disk) player hacking software, which he said would be a violation of the controversial 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  [InfoWorld]

Wired: Flak Over Hack Hushes Talk  Under pressure from his bosses at Hewlett-Packard, Linux guru Bruce Perens declined to risk violating 1998's Digital Millennium Copyright Act at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in San Diego.  [Wired News]

Lightning Strikes Again at TPC  Documentation, debuggers, the DBI, apprenticeships, secret cult conspiracies, ancient perls, digital videography, the "New Opinion", the top ten reasons you need an iMac, and your own personal Ingy.  [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

CNET: Open-source guru backs off tech demo  Like other researchers who've backed down for fears of Hollywood reprisals, open-source guru Bruce Perens said he would not include details about how to circumvent DVD player controls in a presentation on Friday.  [CNET News.com]

Dan Gillmor: Open Source, Sterling, Etc.  Back at the O'Reilly Open Source conference. Just had a great talk with Jeff "Hemos" Bates from Slashdot. Now I'm in a session listening to Bruce Sterling, who's talking about "emotional issues." This is great stuff, and too full of amazing ideas to capture here in any remotely adequate way.  [Dan Gillmor's eJournal]

What is Open Source? No, really.  What is Open Source? I've spent time this week with every range of attendee at OSCON. From those who've been in the open source community for years to those who have heard of it and were interested enough that they came to OSCON to learn more.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

The Economist: Going Hybrid  Rumours of open-source software's demise are exaggerated. When the hordes of volunteer programmers who make up the open-source movement met this week for their annual convention in San Diego, one constituency was conspicuously absent: entrepreneurs. Development of Linux is increasingly driven by large computer makers, such as HP and IBM.  [The Economist]

Dan Gillmor: Copyright Law Thwarts Open Source Confab Demo  Bruce Perens was going to demonstrate a modified DVD player at this week's Open Source gathering in San Diego, in violation, he believed, of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which bans the circumvention of technological methods to protect copyrighted material from uses the owner doesn't want. The possibility of legal trouble led his employer, Hewlett-Packard, to ask him not to do the demonstration.  [Dan Gillmor's eJournal]

InfoWorld: Human Genome is Open Source, Too  At a gathering of open source software developers, two leading researchers involved with the sequencing of the human genome delivered presentations citing the benefits of open source both in the development of computer systems and in science.  [InfoWorld]

Lessig Asks OSCON 2002 Audience: "What have you done?"  Lawrence Lessig kicked off this year's O'Reilly Open Source Conference with a question for technologists everywhere. As we quickly hand over our rights and freedoms under the guise of Copyright Law, "what have you done?"   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Wired News: Apache Server Supports .Net Tech  The cold war between Microsoft and the open-source world has thawed a little more following an announcement that the widely popular Apache Web server will support Microsoft's .Net technology. Covalent Technologies, which sells the open-source Apache 2.0 server, said at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention that the server will be compatible with ASP.Net, the Active Server Pages component of .Net.   [Wired News]

Linux Today: Microsoft Aims to Bring Apache and .NET Together  Software titan Microsoft is taking a significant step toward appeasing the open source community by integrating its .NET Framework into the Apache Web server, the world's most popular back-end software for serving up Web pages. For Microsoft, the announcement, which was made at an open source developer conference in San Diego hosted by O'Reilly, demonstrates how important Web services (and, hence, its much-touted .NET Framework) has become  [Linux Today]

Aggregated OSCON 2002 Postings  Mena and Ben Trott have created a Trackback at OSCON site to aggregate OSCON 2002 related postings. Trackback is a peer-to-peer communications framework between weblogs/websites.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Government, For and Against, at OSCON  We are constantly reminded how little intellectual or cultural capital we'd have without a public domain or commons. We wouldn't have the technology that is currently most exciting to computer users, for instance: Mac OS X.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

OSCON Game Show BOF: Whose Line is it Anyway?  We look to our own for laughter in this clever parody of British comedy improv show "Whose Line is it Anyway." Crossing the streams (oceans), we see Nat's New Zealand wit spar with Damian's Australian one.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Switch Different  You've no doubt seen Apple's fabulous Switch campaign commercials. But what of the others? The geeky ones. The scripters. The sysadmins in their server cages. The command-line jockeys. Those through whom the source flows openly.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Dan Gillmor: Open Source Convention Continues  The morning's keynotes are about biology, or, rather, the growing use of open source software in the field we're coming to know as bioinformatics. That's the combination of computing with biology, as you'd guess.  [Dan Gillmor's eJournal]

Doc Searls: Attention Deficit Theater  Sitting in the back of a lecture room, half-listening to Larry Rosen talk about licensing, and getting a terrific live education in way cool stuff (like recording conversations directly on the laptop through its microphone -- using it like an unseen tape recorder... sneaky).  [Doc Searls Weblog]

TPC Day 3: The Tricks of Perl 6  Damian Conway commenced his joint presentation with Larry Wall on the state of Perl 6 Wednesday morning at OSCON by giving due thanks to the hundreds of companies and individuals who have supported the design of Perl 6 through financial contributions to the Perl Foundation.  [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Start of OSCON sessions, software upgrades, and the attack of the giant squid  Wednesday's presentations on upcoming features of Linux 2.5, Perl 6, PHP, Python, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Zope showed an industry that is bold and able.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

OSCON Java Day 3: Java Galore!  The 2002 O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) and its unofficial open source Java conference goes into full swing with today's sessions.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

TrackBack at OSCON  We're using a feature of MovableType, TrackBack, to aggregate OSCON-related weblog postings. Attendees are already posting their experiences. At our session on Thursday, we plan to speak about our desire to open up the TrackBack system for implementation on various open source platforms and languages.  [Movable Type]

Dan Gillmor: Open Source Conference 2002  I'm at the O'Reilly Open Source Conference in San Diego. Look for updates periodically. My column today reflects on the condition of open source, which I consider a modern version of the old-fashioned barn-raising.  [Dan Gillmor's eJournal]

InfoWorld: Linux maven Bruce Perens: DMCA outlaw?  Perens said he plans to break the DMCA during a presentation on digital rights management (DRM) Friday afternoon at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in San Diego. He is scheduled to demonstrate a souped-up DVD player that can circumvent certain DRM technologies created to control the availability of DVD movies by region.  [InfoWorld]

As simple as possible at OSCON  One's judgement of simple vs.complex depends less on the programming interface than on one's view of XML itself--if you feel the specifications make sense, you probably feel comfortable with programming--and perhaps most of all with the fit between XML and your particular data and application.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

OSCON Java Day 2: More Tutorials  The 2002 O'Reilly Open Source Convention and its unofficial Java conference continued on Tuesday with the following Java tutorials on Sun's open source project, NetBeans, and the Java 2SE v.1.4.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

OSCON Tutorial Review: MJD's Iterators and Generators with Perl  I was there at the world premiere of Mark-Jason Dominus's Iterators and Generators in Perl Tutorial. What is an iterator? A generator? The semipredicate problem? All this information was in his tutorial and his book that will come out later this year...   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Sharing the OSCON schedule data  Nat Torkington, Open Source Convention Program Planner extraordinaire, turned folks loose on conference schedule data to create their own views, with some fine results.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

San Diego Union-Tribune: Five Questions for Tim O'Reilly  A brief interview with Tim O'Reilly, who is in San Diego for his annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention, which begins today and continues through the week at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. About 1,500 computer programmers from all over the world are expected to attend.   [San Diego Union-Tribune]

.NET for Apache  PerlGuy was so kind as to forward us the news about the joint Apache/Microsoft combined press conference scheduled from Wednesday at the OSCON. Quote: "We will announce news related to the Apache web server and Microsoft's development technology, .NET. This should be one of the biggest announcements of the conference..."   [Slashdot]

OSCON replete with database topics  Relational databases are still the stars of the data storage firmament.Today's tutorials explained what makes them so enduring as well as where pitfalls lie.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Just Added...Rob Glaser Meets Open Source Developers at OSCON  RealNetwork's CEO Rob Glaser will discuss Helix and his company's new licensing scheme with Tim O'Reilly on Wednesday at 1 p.m.   [oreilly.com]

OSCON Java Day 1: ONJava.com Announcement  The 2002 O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) Java conference (unofficially) and ONJava.com announce the debut of the new ONJava.com Open Source Java Directory.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

OSCON Java Day 1: Arrival/Tutorials  Arriving at OSCON, the weather is perfect, as usual, and the embrace is warm, thanks to the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. I'm here to bring attention to the unofficial OSCON Java conference, which started today with two tutorials.  [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

OSCON: Real Live People  Are you wondering why anybody would want to hang out with a bunch of open source crazed geeks for a week? In addition to San Diego's sunny climate, there are benefits to be gleamed from the eclectic people that make up the Open Source Community...   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

OSCON 2002 Act 1: They Meet, They Drink, They Geek  Once settled at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel, travel-weary attendees, speakers, and organizers found themselves amassing outside on the patio deck overlooking the ocean. The frustrations of travel fade. London.pm looked as if they'd become permanently glued to the patio furniture.  [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

InfoWorld: Open-source .Net inches closer to fruition  The open source effort to create a freely available version of Microsoft's .Net development environment is set to take a leap forward Wednesday, when developers from the effort known as the Mono Project detail its latest accomplishments at OSCON.  [InfoWorld]

Geeks Descend on San Diego  It's that time of year again. Time for the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in San Diego. Even though this is only the second year for the convention to be hosted in the Sheraton Harbon Island, San Diego now means Open Source to me.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Connections already starting at OSCON  Pleasant reunions and new introductions among the earliest of the expected 1300 attendees expected at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Absence of Cluetrain the Culprit?  After hearing privately from lots of open source advocates in government, I conclude that it was likely the absence of the ClueTrain (perhaps exacerbated by recent FUD) rather than direct lobbying by Microsoft that led to the withdrawal of government talks from the Open Source Conference.   [O'Reilly Network Weblogs]

Weblog Gathering @ O'Reilly Open Source Convention  I expect there are a fair-to-middling boggle of Blogosphere citizens attending the upcoming O'Reilly Open Source Convention. I believe a Blog Gathering of some sort is in order! An opportunity to find one-another and perchance meet some folks for the first time in person. What say you?  [raelity bytes]

Supersnail's Fisheye View of OSCON 2001  Check out Julian Cash's amazing photos from last year's Open Source Convention...and check back for new photos this year!  [Supersnail]

Everything About All Sessions  Find the time and location of each session at the conference...plus we'll be updating this page frequently with links to news and blog coverage of each conference session and links to presentation files as they come in. (There's a lot here, so it might take a while for this page to load).  [O'Reilly Open Source Convention]

What's Where?  Here's a handy PDF map showing the locations of conference rooms at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.  [O'Reilly Open Source Convention]

 Featured Articles and Photos

OSCON 2002 Wrap-Up  Andy Oram reports that the major open source and free software projects are continuing to develop and meet the challenges of the current computing industry.   [O'Reilly Network]

SuperSnail OSCON Images, Day 5
SuperSnail OSCON Images, Day 5
Friday's OSCON photos by Julian (SuperSnail) Cash.

I Hack the Body Electric  Bioinformatics gurus deliver an enthusiastic report for the future of computer science.   [O'Reilly Network]

SuperSnail OSCON Images, Day 4
SuperSnail OSCON Images, Day 4
Thursday's OSCON photos by Julian (SuperSnail) Cash.

Friday Morning Photos from the Open Source Convention
Friday Morning Photos from the Open Source Convention
Thursday afternoon at OSCON concluded with the author signing event. Then, on Friday, representatives from Sun Microsystems took the keynote stage to discuss the relationships between software developers and business.

Rob Glaser on Helix Licensing Plans  On the same day his company pledged to integrate the open source Ogg Vorbis format and audio codec into its newly open-sourced Helix streaming media client, RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser commented on his company's first tentative steps within the open source community.   [O'Reilly Network]

Thursday Morning Photos from the Open Source Convention
Thursday Morning Photos from the Open Source Convention
The momentum from Wednesday's opening keynotes carried through the entire day. There were press conferences, a variety of sessions, the Expo, and the Marvelous Musical Mixer to wrap up the day.

What Have You Done For Freedom Today?  Sam Williams reports on the keynotes by Lawrence Lessig and Richard Stallman, challenging the open source audience to get more involved in the political process.   [O'Reilly Network]

SuperSnail OSCON Images, Day 3
SuperSnail OSCON Images, Day 3
Wednesday's OSCON photos by Julian (SuperSnail) Cash.

Wednesday Morning Photos from the Open Source Convention
Wednesday Morning Photos from the Open Source Convention
Tuesday night Larry Wall kicked off an incredible string of speaking performances with his "State of the Onion" address. Following Larry on Wednesday morning was Larry Lessig and Richard Stallman. All three were throughly engaging.

Unleashing the Better Programmer Within: OSCON Attendees Get Self-Critical  Eat right and get plenty of sleep for better code. OSCON reporter Sam Williams attended a seminar titled "How to Do Software Development," and he examines the back-to-basics themes presented there.   [O'Reilly Network]

Is This the Right Room for an Argument?  A look at the current perception of Microsoft's attacks on open source, by Jason Matusow, Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative Manager.  [O'Reilly Network]

SuperSnail OSCON Images, Day 2
SuperSnail OSCON Images, Day 2
Tuesday at OSCON -- more great photos by Julian (SuperSnail) Cash.

Tuesday Morning Photos from the Open Source Convention
Tuesday Morning Photos from the Open Source Convention
Photos from Tuesday at OSCON by Derrick Story.

RealNetworks Shows Up at the Open Source Party  Sam Williams reports on RealNetworks' anouncement this morning of its plan to relicense certain components of its server-side technology under a Java-style community source license, along with a possible GPL-inspired license for its RealPlayer desktop-client software. RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser will review the details in depth at the Open Source Convention.   [O'Reilly Network]

SuperSnail OSCON Images, Day 1
SuperSnail OSCON Images, Day 1
Photos from Monday at OSCON by Julian (SuperSnail) Cash.

Monday Morning Photos from the Open Source Convention
Monday Morning Photos from the Open Source Convention
Apple is sponsoring the connectivity room, wireless is up and running, and Kids World even keeps families connected at the conference.

An Angel for Open Source  The new High-Tech Clinic at U.C. Berkeley is ready and willing to assist open source developers with legal and legislative assistance. We talk to clinic founder Pam Samuelson about what the clinic can do for you.   [O'Reilly Network]

Lisa Nyman Discusses Open Source in Government  Lisa Nyman is co-creator of QuickFacts, a service that lets visitors track down city, county, state, and national census data using only a single pulldown menu. QuickFacts uses Perl scripts, Apache Web servers, and a MySQL database to deliver increased interactivity at minimal cost. Sam Williams interviews Ms. Nyman about QuickFacts and open source in government.   [Linux DevCenter]

Linux in Government  Open source has flourished in places where users view software not as a political football but as a pragmatic tool. In this article, Sam Williams looks at the impact of open source software in government--both inside and outside the U.S.   [Linux DevCenter]

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