Sessions at FOSDEM 2012 about Open Source

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Saturday 4th February 2012

  • A New OSI For A New Decade

    by Simon Phipps

    The OSI (Open Source Initiative) is reorganizing its governance from a board-only organization into a member-based structure in 2012.

    Simon will give us a brief explanation of what that is, what it means, and how to join.

    At 12:00pm to 12:30pm, Saturday 4th February

    Coverage video link

  • Open Advice

    by Lydia Pintscher

    Come and join us for the release of the Open Advice book. Open Advice is a collaboration of people from many different Free Software projects answering one question: What's one key thing you would have liked to know when you started contributing. We will give a short tour of the book and talk about some of the lessons learned from taking a large-scale book project from idea to publishing.

    At 2:50pm to 3:05pm, Saturday 4th February

  • The (possible) decline of the GPL, and what to do about it

    by Richard Fontana

    During the past few years some have asserted that the use of copyleft licenses, particularly the GPL, is in decline among FLOSS projects. While the data that is said to support this contention may be suspect, it matches my own observations and experience.

    I examine why the GPL may really be experiencing some decline relative to noncopyleft licensing. Many factors are likely to have played a part, sometimes in contradictory or nonobvious ways, including the evolution of open source "business models", the nature of GPL enforcement and nonenforcement, the drafting of GPLv3 and its aftermath, changes in moral and legal authority surrounding the GPL, and general technological, cultural and economic developments affecting free software hackers.

    If it is real, the GPL's decline is a problematic development for free software culture. I propose ways in which the trajectory of relevance and influence of strong copyleft can be turned around.

    At 4:30pm to 5:00pm, Saturday 4th February

    Coverage slide deck

Sunday 5th February 2012