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From "Alexei Fedotov" <alexei.fedo...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [ot] Open Source session @ Interop Moscow 2007
Date Mon, 25 Jun 2007 20:07:31 GMT
Most of the girls were from marketing agency which served the event
while most of the programmers including Mr. Allman were hidden in the
dark around the scene with beer and laptops. :-)


On 6/25/07, Alexei Zakharov <alexei.zakharov@gmail.com> wrote:
> Looks like you had much fun there. Especially on the last photo. What
> open source project are these girls from? :)
>
> Alexei
>
> 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.
>


-- 
With best regards,
Alexei,
ESSD, Intel

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