Sessions at Do It With Drupal about Open Source on Wednesday 12th October

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  • Why Open Source matters

    by Jeff Eaton

    If you're reading this message, you use Open Source software. The last fifteen years has seen the meteoric rise of tools like Linux, Apache, Firefox, WordPress, Drupal and more; simply using Open Source is old hat. When it comes to building your company's web strategy around open source tools, though, the decisions can be fuzzier. The best-known arguments for Open Source are often ideological rather than pragmatic, and fail to account for the different needs of different projects and businesses.

    In this session, Jeff Eaton will explain the no-nonsense pros and cons of Open Source, covering the big wins as well as the tradeoffs and common pain points. Whether your business is testing the Open Source water, betting the farm on community-maintained software, or open-sourcing its own creations, you'll learn how to avoid common pitfalls and set yourself up for success.

    At 10:30am to 11:45am, Wednesday 12th October

    In Salon I, Marriott Brooklyn Bridge

  • The Drupal Community Demystified

    by Angie Byron

    Drupal is an open source project with one of the largest group of contributors (nearly 10,000 developers in all). How does anything get done? How do the big decisions get made? What processes exist to make changes happen? How is the community structured? How do new people get a voice and navigate their way through?

    This talk will discuss some facts and statistics about the Drupal community, as well as provide answers to these and other burning questions regarding how our “do-ocracy” functions, and why it matters to you.

    At 1:30pm to 2:45pm, Wednesday 12th October

    In Salon I, Marriott Brooklyn Bridge

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