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From "Alexei Zakharov" <alexei.zakha...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [ot] Open Source session @ Interop Moscow 2007
Date Mon, 25 Jun 2007 16:19:28 GMT
Looks like you had much fun there. Especially on the last photo. What
open source project are these girls from? :)


2007/6/25, Alexei Fedotov <alexei.fedotov@gmail.com>:
> Hello,
> I'd like to share my experience when visiting the open source session
> of Interop Moscow 2007 [1]. This event was hosted by the Russian
> software development association [2] and brought together people
> interested in open source development.
> I liked how organizers diversified communication making the happening
> far from boring. Activities ranged from presentations and Q/A sessions
> of open source celebrities to a round table between international
> corporate proprietary software vendors and local open source adepts.
> The busy day started with performance given by exotic dancers and
> ended with live music, snacks and thirst quenchers included and
> participants involved in open source community building process.
> -- Presenters --
> The key note from Sun's top IT guy was devoted to new expectations of
> a new generation, namely, his teenage children. Speaking technically,
> this was about gradual replacement of Intranet with Internet, mobile
> networking and composite IT solutions on the top of external service
> providers as an alternative to a corporate IT department. I decided
> not to ask him about Geir's letter.
> The following informational part was presented by Brian Behlendorf [3]
> from Apache, Louis Suarez-Potts [4] from OpenOffice.org, Eric Allman
> [5] from Sendmail and Alexey Smirnov from Alt Linux [7]. There is no
> need to say that all foils were originally prepared using OpenDocument
> format and I found the current release of the Open Office quite
> reliable compared to a three year old version. Here [1] you can find
> the presentations converted to PDF, and I will concentrate on my
> impressions.
> Brian's talk was fun. For example, while talking about Apache's
> community on the slide 12, he mentioned that one guy there was a
> commercial pilot who made his coding between take-offs and safe
> landings while robotic pilot did the job.
> Louis who managed OpenOffice.org community and studied culture in his
> spare time was different. It might be that elements of Apache's
> culture became a part of me so Brian's talk's ideology seemed close to
> my own. While both presenters encouraged people to join the open
> source development model, I would call the Apache model more reactive:
> if you'd come and do something, the community acknowledges your
> contribution. Contrary to that Louis demonstrated a proactive model
> combining deep reasoning and incentives, and it worked for me: I
> started to use Open Office and used it for a week.
> For a whole day, I also thought about possibilities of improving our
> process around documentation, which was reported to be the weakest
> point of Open Source software. Would it be interesting for students
> who study technical writing to participate? Or is it possible to take
> advantage of automatic translation tools and wiki-like systems?
> Eric's talk was more about new authentication technology than about
> open source, so let me omit detail here. Alexey supported an idea how
> good FLOSS is for government organizations providing both independence
> from a foreign vendor and local investment opportunities.
> -- Q/A --
> There was a number of questions on how to become paid for working in
> open source, how to attract developers, how to get patches committed
> and struggle community arrogance which comes with mind potential, why
> open source products follow, but not advance, about OpenOffice.org and
> httpd plans, open standards,
> I believe that many of the answers are already in the Open Source
> Bible [6], or "creative commons" will add them in the nearest future.
> Nevertheless, the gurus made the answers sound fun. For example,
> answering the question about a threat from the recent Microsoft's
> proposal on OpenDocument format, Brian said that the threat is hidden
> somewhere between 80 pages of the proposal. Advice on how to create a
> community around my first open source project was "Don't do it". It's
> better to help an existing one to gain a critical mass than to spilt
> efforts.
> -- Round Table --
> Round table participants come mostly from Microsoft and Alt Linux [7]
> companies. Proprietary software advocates fairly used their chance
> among people who come to talk about open source software and supported
> Alt Linux by all means. I was really impressed by the professionalism
> of speakers from both sides whose communication abilities influence
> audience much more than truth and numbers.
> -- Links --
> [1] Presentations @ Interop, http://interop.ru/?page=conferences&language=eng
> [2] Russoft, http://www.russoft.org
> [3] Brian Behlendorf, http://www.behlendorf.com/~brian/
> [4] Louis Suarez-Potts, http://ooo-speak.blogspot.com/
> [5] Eric Allman, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Allman
> [6] Karl Fogel, Producing Open Source Software,
> http://producingoss.com/en/index.html
> [7] Alt Linux (Russian Linux) distribution,
> ftp://ftp.altlinux.org/pub/distributions/ALTLinux/4.0/Server/iso
> -- Photos --
> The place
>  http://dl.web-hack.ru/points/interop_2007/2007.05.30/01.JPG
>  http://acidgarry.ru/temp/30-05-2007/album/medium/0087.jpg
> Open source gurus
>  http://acidgarry.ru/temp/30-05-2007/album/medium/0050.jpg
> A round table Open source against proprietary source (Microsoft to the
> left, Alt Linux to the right)
>  http://dl.web-hack.ru/points/interop_2007/2007.05.30/29.JPG
> Your humble servant
>  "Riverbed" guys need someone to listen them at the early morning
>  http://acidgarry.ru/temp/30-05-2007/album/medium/0006.jpg
>  Waiting for speaker
>  http://acidgarry.ru/temp/30-05-2007/album/medium/0021.jpg
>  Listening Brian
>  http://acidgarry.ru/temp/30-05-2007/album/medium/0035.jpg
>  My orange back
>  http://dl.web-hack.ru/points/interop_2007/2007.05.30/45.JPG
>  http://dl.web-hack.ru/points/interop_2007/2007.05.30/52.JPG
> --
> With best regards,
> Alexei,
> ESSD, Intel
> P.S. Let me express my gratitude to Nadya for editoral input.

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