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Linux Journal: OSCON Was Cool!  I'm happy to report that OSCON is the cool convention of the year. I went to LinuxWorld Expos in both Boston and San Francisco this year--well organized and popular as they are, they don't have the same spirit as OSCON.  [Linux Journal]

Techworld: Geeks want women  Open source advocates have turned their minds to tackling another problem with proprietary software development: women. Only two percent of the thousands of developers working on open-source software projects are women, a panel discussion at the annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention heard.   [Techworld.com]

Computerworld: Money and Who Makes It  According to Mitchell Baker, president of the Mozilla Foundation in Mountain View, Calif., "Anytime money gets into the picture, people get suspicious." Baker was explaining to an audience of open-source developers at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Ore., earlier this month why she feels her nonprofit organization needs a for-profit sister company to promote and manage the world's No. 2 Internet browser, Firefox.   [Computerworld]

BlueOregon: Open for Business  Throughout last week, Oregon-based organizations had a high profile - and high impact presence - at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland.  [BlueOregon]

Slashdot: Fun Stuff at OSCON 2005  OSCON 2005 was held in a convention center this year, instead of a hotel, because it just got too big (2000+ people). Too big, in fact, for pudge and myself to cover more than a fraction of the talks and the ideas flitting around the hallways. But here's some of what I found cool last week.  [Slashdot]

O'Reilly Netowrk: Architecting Freedom  Nick Gall began his keynote address by reminding the audience of the four freedoms detailed in the Free Software Definition. The two freedoms that Gall stressed were the freedom to adapt a program to your needs and the freedom to improve a program and release these improvements back to the community.   [O'Reilly Network]

Computerworld: Open-source apps becoming more enterprise IT friendly  In a bid to make their applications more enticing for corporate IT users, open-source software vendors are working to make the applications easier to deploy and support. At the seventh annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention last week, many open-source companies were touting enterprise applications that offer alternatives to proprietary software for a wide ranges of uses, including business intelligence, customer relationship management and content management.  [Computerworld]

NewsForge: Getting in touch with the feminine side of open source  The OSCON Open Source Convention wrapped up Friday with a feminine touch as some of the community's most prominent women discussed the possibilities, problems, and parenthood aspects of open source software participation.  [NewsForge]

Inside Mac Radio: Tim O'Reilly Interview  Tim O'Reilly was interviewed at OSCON for this week's Inside Mac Radio. His segment begins at the 25 minute marker, or download the entire podcast.   [Inside Mac Radio]

Computerworld: Open-source needs more women developers   Only about 2% of the thousands of developers working on open-source software projects are women, a number that women already involved in the open-source movement want to see increased. That issue was the topic of a panel discussion here on Friday, the last day of the seventh annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention, as the panel discussed ways to reverse that pattern.  [Computerworld]

Computerworld: Deliver the Goods   The biggest idea at last week's O'Reilly Open Source Convention didn't have anything to do with open-source software.  [Computerworld]

O'Reilly Network: Know When to Fold 'Em  During the Thursday morning keynotes at O'Reilly's Open Source Conference (OSCON) 2005, Robert J. Lang explored some of the connections between origami and open source in a talk titled "Computational Origami from Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes." Lang explained that not only has open source software contributed to origami as an artform, but the development of origami has also served as an apt metaphor for open source.   [O'Reilly Network]

OpenEnterpriseTrends: OSCON and Open Source Inroads, Issues  O'Reilly's Open Source Conference (OSCON) has always been an incubator of the latest thinking (and code samples) from Open Source's brightest minds. This year's event also made great inroads into the commercial users/purveyors of Open Source technologies.  [OpenEnterpriseTrends.com]

Computerworld: OSCON: the next Comdex  When you walk into this year's expanded exhibit area of the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON moved from the crowded Mariott Hotel in downtown Portland, Ore. across the Willamette River to the much larger Oregon Convention Center.) you see sizable booths bearing the logos of almost all of the major vendors in the IT industry--Apple Computer, Computer Associates, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Sun Microsystems.  [Computerworld]

NewsForge: Thursday's OSCON highlights  Thursday's OSCON Open Source Convention covered licensing issues and code awareness, where Linux has a leg up on desktop deployment and where it does not, and the growing opportunity open source brings to developing nations.  [NewsForge]

O'Reilly Network: Business for Geeks at OSCON 2005  In his sold-out opening day tutorial, Marc Hedlund, O'Reilly's entrepreneur-in-residence, gave a crash course in seeing work from the business point of view. There are many practical decisions you will need to make if you want to start up a business around a product or service. In the three-hour morning session, Hedlund identified the issues that geeks need to consider and explained the consequences of deciding one way or the other.   [O'Reilly Network]

Computerworld: Expert says with open-source software, ROI tough to peg   For businesses looking to move to open-source software, the metrics used to compare return on investment with proprietary software may not always give the best answers. Basing such decisions on the costs associated with licensing fees, hardware, support and maintenance -- all traditional ROI factors -- ignores the expertise of workers who can create and use open-source software.  [Computerworld]

ZDNet: Freedom to change: Nick Gall's OSCON keynote  In Nick Gall's OSCON keynote this morning, he pointed out the common features of TCP/IP and shipping containers. He claims that software architectures have failed to sustain the open source ideal of "freedom to change."  [ZDNet]

MozillaZine: Mozilla Foundation Announces Creation of Mozilla Corporation  The Mozilla Foundation has announced the creation of the Mozilla Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary that will continue the development, distribution and marketing of Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird. Mitchell Baker discussed this new organization in during the Thursday morning keynotes at OSCON 2005.  [MozillaZine]

Slashdot: What Business Can Learn from Open Source  Paul Graham has written a fantastic article on what businesses can learn from Open Source. He covers why Amateurs can outperform Professionals, why the home is a better work environment than the office, and how bottom up ideas are better than top down. Finally he ties these lessons into the business relationship." Derived from a talk at OSCON 2005.  [Slashdot]

NewsForge: OSCON: Sun, Yahoo, Google -- and maybe you  After two days of tutorials, O'Reilly's OSCON Open Source Convention began in earnest yesterday by highlighting some unusual approaches to open source software development and use, including Sun's contention that OpenSolaris should be compared to Linux less on ideology and more on a technical basis.  [NewsForge]

eWeek: Open-Source Software Gets Vote of Confidence at OSCON  The ability of open-source software and the Linux operating system to scale and to meet mission-critical enterprise needs got a resounding endorsement from Jeremy Zawodny, who works for Yahoo Inc.'s technical team  [eWeek]

MarvelIT Delivers First Open Source Business Intelligence Suite  Addressing the need for affordable business intelligence solutions for all companies, MarvelIT, Inc. today announced the release of the first Life Science/Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Analytics based on Open Source.   [MarvelIT]

ZDNet: Jonathan Schwartz at OSCON  Nat Torkington interviewed Sun President Jonathan Schwartz at OSCON this morning. Nat didn't pull many punches, but Jonathan held his own.  [ZDNet]

ZDNet: Paul Graham on open source and blogging  In his keynote at the Tuesday night "extravaganza" at OSCON, Paul Graham made three points: people work harder on things they like, the standard office is unproductive, and bottom-up works better than top-down.   [ZDNet]

CodeZoo announces Python and Ruby support  O'Reilly's CodeZoo site now includes modules for both Python and Ruby. Another new feature on CodeZoo today is tags for components. CodeZoo helps developers find good code and use it quickly.  [CodeZoo]

O'Reilly Media launches beta version of O'Reilly Connection  O'Reilly Media launched the beta version of O'Reilly Connection at their Open Source Convention (OSCON) today. With the aim of "uniting the global geekforce," O'Reilly Connection is a tech-centric jobs and networking site for developers and those who want to hire them. The service was conceived and created by Greenplum.   [O'Reilly Connection]

OSDir: Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards Announced  At the OSCON Tuesday Night Extravaganza Google and O'Reilly came together to begin the first of an annual Open Source Awards to honor five open source people whose contributions over the past year have been exceptional in five categories: Communicator, Evangelist, Diplomat, Integrator, and Hacker. Each award winner took home $5,000.  [OSDir.com]

Tersus software releases open source visual programming platform  Tersus software today released an open source visual programming platform, unveiling a breakthrough technology for enterprise software development. The Tersus platform enables 100% visual development by drawing business flow diagrams instead of writing code.   [Tersus]

ZDNet: The smart robot conundrum  It takes a village to make a smart robot. But does it take a dictator to found a village? That's the question dogging Joe Bosworth this week at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, as he pushes his Open Robot Network plan for smart robotics development.  [ZDNet]

New York Times: Rating System Will Evaluate Free Software  Carnegie Mellon University, Intel and SpikeSource, a company that supports and tests corporate open-source projects, have devised a rating system intended to reduce confusion and guesswork in evaluating open source software. The initiative, Business Readiness Ratings, is to be announced today at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Ore.  [New York Times]

Red Herring: Rating Open Source  A new rating system designed to make open-source applications less of a leap of faith and offer nervous corporations something of an application track record debuted on Monday at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon.   [Red Herring]

CNET: Rating system to evaluate open-source software  No-cost software, despite the price, can be confusing and costly for corporations to use. To address the problem, Carnegie Mellon University, Intel and SpikeSource, a company that supports and tests corporate open-source projects, have devised a rating system intended to reduce confusion and guesswork in evaluating such software.  [CNET News.com]

Covalent Technologies Enters Web Services Arena  The leading provider of complete enterprise open source solutions makes an investment in WSO2 to bring full commercial support for apache axis to the enterprise for the first time.  [Covalent]

O'Reilly Network: Take Control of Your Future by Becoming an Open Source Developer  Looking for a job fresh out of college, and finding the competition thick? Brian Fitzpatrick recommends you create your own virtual internship by contributing to an open source project. You'll get real-world experience, and advice and criticism from talented programmers. More importantly, from a career perspective, you'll start building a publicly visible portfolio of your work that you can show to any prospective employer. Wondering how to choose an open source project to contribute to? Come to OSCON 2005 this week and rub elbows with just about everyone connected to the community.   [ONLamp.com]

O'Reilly Network: How to Schmooze at OSCON  OSCON is next week and you have people to meet, questions to ask, and assistance to offer. Where should you spend your time, and how should you start your valuable hallway, BOF, and party conversations? Robert Bernier offers a schmoozer's guide to effective conference attendance.   [ONLamp.com]

O'Reilly Network: The Commons Doesn't Have a Business Plan  The commons used to be a grassy area in the center of town where anyone could graze animals. Now it's a metaphor for anything available to everyone without restriction. Andy Oram argues that this is the ground from which new businesses spring--and that open source and free software are the wellspring for new software and technology.   [ONLamp.com]

O'Reilly Network: Data Munging with Sprog  Sprog is a graphical programming environment written in Perl, programmable by connecting components visually and setting their properties. Sure, you've heard that promise before--but Grant McLean demonstrates how to retrieve and munge tabular data from a web page into LDIF files without writing a lick of code.   [Perl.com]

O'Reilly Network: Calculating the True Price of Software  Businesses have long viewed support and maintenance as essential components of software. Open source business models often focus on charging for support and customization. Is there an economic model that can demonstrate the true worth of a piece of software and the option for support, maintenance, and upgrades? Robert Lefkowitz argues that open source exposes the true value of software itself as, essentially, worth less in comparison to support and maintenance.   [ONLamp.com]

O'Reilly Network: Ten Essential Development Practices  Perl lets you be productive in everything from quick and dirty throwaway programs to big, business-critical applications. Building the latter requires some discipline, though. Damian Conway shares ten essential development practices to make your Perl programming easier, more reliable, and even more enjoyable.   [Perl.com]

O'Reilly Network: Mitigating Risk by Hiring Open Source Developers  Hiring a new employee is almost always a risk, and hiring the wrong employee can prove a costly mistake for managers. Brian Fitzpatrick suggests you hire an open source programmer. Find out why doing so mitigates the risks involved in hiring. Meet Brian at O'Reilly's Open Source Convention, where he'll be leading a Subversion tutorial and a session on switching from CVS to Subversion.   [ONLamp.com]

O'Reilly Network: What Developers Want  Regardless of the language and platform you choose for development, you likely share some goals with your fellow developers: to be productive, to use good tools, and to keep your tools and processes out of your way while you create good software. Murugan Pal, CTO of SpikeSource, explains ten attributes he thinks developers want.   [ONLamp.com]

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Selected Weblogs

chromatic; Yield to the Block (in Ruby)  In the words of Danny O'Brien, Ruby moved from being ignored to winning in about three weeks. How did it do that? Matz' OSCON 2005 presentation explains.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Anthony Baxter: OSCON Highlights  Here's few random highlights from OSCON 2005. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list...   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Kevin Shockey: Creating Passionate Users  The purpose of speaking, writing, or teaching is effective communication. This only happens when the recipient of that communication understands what you are trying to communicate.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Geoff Broadwell: Closing Keynote  Miguel de Icaza closed out OSCON with an impressive and wide-ranging talk on cool happenings at Novell, including some shiny desktop technologies arriving in the next SuSE release.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

chromatic: Project Estimation and Tracking That Works  Andy Lester knows about project management -- not because he's tried a dozen ways and failed -- but because his team delivers software consistently, on time, and with high quality. His OSCON 2005 Session on preventing crisis shared some of his secrets.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Robert Kaye: Closing thoughts  Now that OSCON has wrapped up and I've caught up on sleep, its time to look back and see what shaped this year's excellent conference.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Robert Kaye: What every open source project should know about patents  Jason Schultz from the EFF presented the most important patent issues that affect open source hackers and a few tips on what developers can do to avoid patent problems in their projects.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Chris Shiflett: OSCON 2005 Recap  I had a blast at OSCON this past week. It tends to be my favorite conference each year for a number of reasons - the presence of so many smart, friendly people from the various open source disciplines being one.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Andy Oram: OSCON 2005 wrapup  Just take this as given: if something important is happening in the open source space, it's at this conference.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Robert Kaye: HTTP Caching  Michael Radwin's "HTTP Caching & Cache-Busting for Content Publishers" talk covered a number of important issues that deal with Internet caching and some of the pitfalls associated with caching. This fast-paced and excellent introduction served as a great starting point for web developers to see if they need to delve deeper into this complex topic.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Roger Weeks: Bits of OSCON  One thing about a busy conference is that you don't really have a lot of time to blog about it.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Derek J. Balling: Home Phone Hacking For Fun and Amusement  While Aker may not be the poster-child for "how to do it right the first time", he definitely shows that home users can get a full PBX on-the-cheap with Asterisk.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Tim O'Reilly: TCP/IP and Shipping Containers  A year ago, at a private meeting at Warburg Pincus, I heard Nick Gall of the Meta Group give a great talk on why TCP/IP is like container shipping -- both were initiated about thirty years ago, revolutionized their industries, and have proven surprisingly robust while other technologies have had to be updated every few years. I was so impressed that I invited Nick to give the same talk at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention.   [O'Reilly Radar]

Tim O'Reilly: OSCON the Next Comdex?  I was amused to see ComputerWorld annoint Oscon as the next Comdex. While I think we're a long way from the monstrosity that was Comdex, it's certainly true that our move to the Portland Convention Center was a watershed event both for the conference and for the open source communities who meet there.   [O'Reilly Radar]

Tim O'Reilly: ROI or ROE?  In his talk at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, r0ml Lefkowitz of Optaros gave a new definition for ROE: Return on Expertise.   [O'Reilly Radar]

Geoff Broadwell: Thursday Morning Keynotes  Thursday morning brought a series of keynotes that ranged from good to amazing. Here's a quick rundown.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Marc Hedlund: CodeZoo Programming Language Demand  Yesterday, we launched a new major release of CodeZoo, O'Reilly's directory of reusable, open source components for programmers. Over the next few days, I'm going to pull out some of the interesting data we've collected by running CodeZoo since our April launch, and talk a bit about how that data led to the features we selected for the new launch.   [O'Reilly Radar]

Derek J. Balling: Open Source Backups Ignoring Open Standards  Why is it hard for open-source products to make use of open standards? Why are open-source backup products missing the most basic of features?   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

chromatic: What I Would Have Asked Jonathan Schwartz  What I would have asked Jonathan Schwartz, if I'd had the chance.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Geoff Broadwell: Current State of the Linux Kernel  Greg KH discusses the changes in release engineering and source code management within the Linux kernel team.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Geoff Broadwell: Perl 6 Update  The Perl 6 design is nearing completion, and (multiple) implementations are beginning in earnest; Larry and Damian explain what's new in the design this year.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Andy Oram: OSCON - Developers and testers as heroes  OSCON celebrated developers and testers on the first day of keynotes and sessions.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Geoff Broadwell: Writing, Reviewing, and Instigating O'Reilly Books: Will, Skill and Time  Mike Hendrickson explains some of the reality and hard work surrounding technical book writing.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Geoff Broadwell: Conway Channel 2005  Damian Conway shows off his most recent dozen CPAN modules.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Geoff Broadwell: Tuesday Night and Wednesday Morning  A cast of many speak to the thousands at OSCON -- and also give a pile of awards to deserving people.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Robert Kaye: Semasiology of Open Source (part II)  Semasiology of Open Source (part II) is a journey with many interesting points about open source, the history of reading and the public performance of source code. But please, don't ask me what it was all about.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Niel M. Bornstein: DOAP# Roadmap  My OSCON experiences have planted the urge to get back to work on DOAP#.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

David Lents: OSCON Day 3 Observations  Hot topics and observations from OSCON day 3.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Robert Kaye: The long tail and open source  Kim Polese's keynote presented some interesting insights into the world of open source and some of the issues that corporations face as they use open source. Kim's presentation used the long tail to show some of the issues that surround corporate use of open source.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Tim O'Reilly: Spikesource TestFest - $20,000 in Prizes  SpikeSource has announced their Open Source TestFest, "to help increase the participatory testing of open source software."   [O'Reilly Radar]

Tim O'Reilly: OSCON-related blog aggregator  Casey West put together an OSCON blog aggregator.   [O'Reilly Radar]

Geoff Broadwell: Creating Passionate Users  Kathy Sierra teaches ways of turning your users into the kind of irrational zealots forking over wads of cash to feed their addiction that every company wishes they had, but few attain.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

chromatic: Understanding Asterisk  Asterisk isn't just for large businesses intending to replace huge, expensive, old, proprietary equipment with software and commodity hardware under their control. It's for tinkerers and geeks at home too. Here's what I picked up at Brian Capouch's "Understanding Asterisk" session at OSCON 2005.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Geoff Broadwell: Perl Best Practices  Damian Conway presents highlights from his new book, Perl Best Practices   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Robert Kaye: Subversion Tutorial  Brian Fitzpatrick's Subversion tutorial was the perfect introduction to the new version control system that appears to be poised to take over for CVS. He presented a number of comparisons to CVS and outlined how Subversion was designed to address all of CVS' shortcomings.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Robert Kaye: Scalable Internet Architectures  Theo Schlossnagel's Scalable Internet Architectures tutorial presented some general rules on scalability and supported those rules with a lot of examples on how (and how not to) scale an internet site. In the course of the tutorial Theo presented a lot of open source source solutions that can save tons of money compared to conventional scalability solutions.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Raible Designs: Ruby on Rails - Enjoying the ride of programming   About David: started doing Ruby in June 2003. Involuntary programmer of need, served 5 years in PHP. Spent 7 months in a Java shop.  [Raible Designs]

Technometria: Ruby on Rails  I went to David Heinemeier Hansson's tutorial on Ruby on Rails this afternoon. David's first application in Ruby was Basecamp. Heíd had 5 years of PHP experience and didn't even consider himself a programmer.   [Windley's Technometria]

brian d foy: OSCON D1  Perl, Ruby, Marionberries, and sitting at the cool table during the hallway sessions.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Technoblog: Business for Geeks  I am at Business for Geeks right now waiting for Marc Hedlund to teach me fun stuff.  [Technoblog]

Raible Designs: Facets of Ruby  I'm sitting in Dave Thomas's session on Intro to Ruby at the Oregon Convention Center. It looks like someone finally figured out the main problem with conferences - lack of power outlets. Kudos to O'Reilly - they've put power strips at the base of every table in this room. With the high-speed wireless and unlimited power, this conference is getting off to a great start.  [Raible Designs]

Geoff Broadwell: OSCON 1.2 Law for Geeks  Lawrence Rosen's Law for Geeks is more an extended Q&A than a tutorial, but it's entertaining and informative nonetheless.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Robert Kaye: OSCON's new digs  OSCON started today in its new location at the Portland Convention Center, which gives the event a lot of space and a lot of room to grow in the future. A packed line-up and a ton of exhibitors and I'm excited to be part of the happenings this week.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Geoff Broadwell: OSCON 1.1 Presentation Aikido  I'd heard in the past that this particular tutorial was an absolute must if I ever made it to OSCON again, and I've definitely enjoyed Damian's talks before, so this one was a no-brainer for me to take -- especially since some year soon I'd like to give a talk at OSCON myself. I wasn't disappointed.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Tim O'Reilly: New OSCON Session: Hard Numbers Behind the O'Reilly Radar  Tech trendspotting is a core competency at O'Reilly. It's how we figure out what books to publish, what talks to feature at our conferences, and what to cover on our web sites. Our own work with technology, plus tips from our readers and other "alpha geeks" are our primary source of new ideas, but increasingly, we're looking for statistical data to amplify faint signals about tech trends.   [O'Reilly Radar]

Derek Balling: How To Present at OSCON the Conway Way  Damian Conway's "Presentation Aikido" should be required of all speakers before they are permitted to speak at any future Open Source Convention.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Kevin Shockey: What a difference a year can make  At this year's O'Reilly Open Source Convention a new discussion on the reality of open source Java will replace last year's debate about open source Java. This year's convention will demonstrate an active open source Java community that is becoming about more vocal and assertive.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Nat Torkington: New OSCON Sessions  Just putting the finishing touches on the OSCON program. Here are some changes, updates, and things to note.  [O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: EuroOSCON: Where Are The UK Startups?  As we ramp up for EuroOSCON, thoughtful pieces like this one by Tom Coates catch my eye. There's certainly a different business climate in Europe than in the US for both startups and R & D. It's hard for me, an outsider, to figure out why there are fewer European open source (or even just Internet-style) startups. If you have thoughts, I'd love to hear them in the comments section of this blog.  [O'Reilly Radar]

Geoff Broadwell: SOX Compliance Using Open Source  During the OSCON press call, one of the conference organizers promoted the session Leveraging Open Source for SOX Compliance. Coincidentally, most of my consulting hours this year have come from this very thing.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Geoff Broadwell: OSCON Blogging  I'll be blogging from OSCON 2005 in Portland this August, mostly the Perl track with a few miscellaneous sessions. I'm looking for other OSCON bloggers so we can crosslink and fill in each other's gaps.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Nat Torkington: Laszlo CTO To Speak at OSCON  Today we added David Temkin to the schedule. He's the CTO of Laszlo Systems, the company that open sourced their Laszlo software last year. Laszlo is a declarative way of building rich internet apps in Flash without suffering through Macromedia's foul animation-oriented programming environment. He's speaking about the Laszlo experience taking a proprietary product open source and the success they've had with the approach. Don't miss his session, Thursday at 1:45pm on Thursday.  [O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: Linux at Microsoft Show  We've long said that when it comes to Linux, Microsoft should be more like J-Lo than a Dalek. That is, they should engage rather than exterminate. Microsoft made headlines with stupid soundbites but recently there's been signs of change. So it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that Microsoft offered a Linux lab at its partner show. We want to continue this engagement: the more each party knows about the other, the more respect each side will have, and the better the market conversation will be. At US OSCON we'll have Jason Matusow (head of the Shared Source program) and at EuroOSCON we'll have Bill Hilf (head of Microsoft's internal Linux lab).   [O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: HP Photo Contest  HP will be running a photo contest at OSCON this year. Bring your digital camera and allow a day or two to capture some of Oregon's beauty, or try to outdo our conference photographer, James Duncan Davidson. I chuckled at the final rule in the contest--someone's been listening to too much Whad'ya Know?[O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: Rails Movie Launched  OSCON keynoter David Heinemeier Hansson just launched The New Rails Movie. It's a walk-through of building a blog engine with Rails. Whether or not you think Rails is the bee's knees and the wasp's nipples, you have to admit that the 37 Signals crew are master marketers. In many ways, more amazing than the technology of Rails is the way these guys have created buzz and build a community by lowering barriers to entry. They have lots of documentation, a happy vibe on the community forums, and quickly created an active and passionate user community.  [O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: Watch These Keynoters  The OSCON program goes to print at the end of the week, so there's a rush to finish the program. In particular, I'm finishing the keynote schedule[O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: OSCON Swag  One of the more fun parts about our conferences this year has been the swag we've been able to give away as incentives for people to fill in evaluation forms. OSCON is no different. Our marketing manager, Margi Levin, tells me that we have goodies from Griffin (12 of everything they sell), JBL Speakers, Dell MP3 players, and more to come. But my favourite: Gibson Guitars are putting up five (5!) guitars. This is so gonna rock! ... Literally!  [O'Reilly Radar]

Tim O'Reilly: Microsoft CodeCamp  Lee Fisher, who used to be in Microsoft developer marketing (but is no longer at Microsoft), sent me a note about the upcoming Microsoft CodeCamp, which will be held at Reed College in Portland, July 23-24 -- a few days before OSCon. Microsoft claims...   [O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: Asterisk  Asterisk is amazing. I remember PBX systems being the mainframes of the business telephony world: huge expensive systems that trapped you with a vendor. Now you can bring up a Linux box to manage your company's voice systems in a matter of days, with more features than you could afford in hardware. Maddog said it'd be bigger than Linux (no word on relative popularity to the Beatles and, through transitivity, God). We're putting our money where our mouth is: we're not just running OSCON tutorials and publishing books on it, we're making the switch. Our IS department is finishing up the plans to replace our PBX (which must join two campuses, Sebastopol and Cambridge) with an Asterisk system. I look forward to being emailed my voicemail, having an office extension no matter where in the world I'm logged in from, and all the other perks. I'll let you know how it goes.  [O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: Top OSCON Tutorials  Tutorial signups for OSCON are a great measure of what's hot in Open Source. In fact, I used that as the basis of my talk at WWDC at the start of June. Derrick, who organized the WWDC sessions in which I participated, reminded me that other people would like to know. So here for your viewing pleasure, are the top ten tutorials at OSCON...  [O'Reilly Radar]

Tim O'Reilly: The Rise of Open Source Java  Last year at OSCON, I gave a presentation entitled What Book Sales Tell Us About the State of the Tech Industry. One of the conclusions I drew was that Java was in decline, as its share of total programming language book sales had dropped by five percentage points in the twelve months ending June 2004. Well, we just re-ran those numbers, and saw a startling reversal.  [O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: OSCON Interstitial Music  I don't know why I was so impressed by it, but Apple had great music playing before the keynotes and between sessions at WWDC. Naturally, the company behind the iPod and the iTunes Music Store would have good music. At O'Reilly, we're all over the musical spectrum (Sara Winge, architect of Foo Camp, is a swing/bluegrass singer; Andrew Calvo, our conferences sales manager, is a jazz pianist; I'm a banjo player). So I'd like you to help build the playlist for interstitial music at OSCON[O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: A Decade of PHP  10 years ago to this day, Rasmus Lerdorf made the first release of PHP. It was slow to take off as this graph shows, but when the sleeping tiger awoke ... Kapow! I had dinner last night with Rasmus, and he's still the sanguine man he always was. He pointed out that he's never taken a job where he's being paid to run the PHP project, which makes him a rare item in the world of programming language creators.  [O'Reilly Radar]

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