Freeing the Cloud, One Service at a Time

A session at OSCON 2011

Thursday 28th July, 2011

10:40am to 11:20am (PST)

As more and more computing moves into someone else’s data centre (i.e. the Cloud), users and companies are losing direct control over their data and processes. The risks they used to be able to mitigate by using Free and Open Source software are starting to become apparent.

So what can be done to continue to enjoy the software freedom that we have come to appreciate in the desktop computing world? Just like the task of building a completely FOSS operating system in the 1980s looked like an impossible dream, having a completely free online life appears to be quite a big task. Thankfully, many people are now tackling this problem and starting to build freedom-respecting options, one service at a time.

This talk will discuss an approach to building free network services and introduce Libravatar, a Django based project to provide a federated alternative to the Gravatar profile image hosting service, a centralised web service used by a very large number of social sites around the world.

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François Marier

Passionate about decentralization and software freedom. Security & privacy engineer at Mozilla.

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11:30am From Inception to Acquisition: One Startup's Journey through the Cloud by Patrick Lightbody

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Time 10:40am11:20am PST

Date Thu 28th July 2011


D139/140, Oregon Convention Center

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