Lessons From X

A session at Open Source Bridge 2013

Thursday 20th June, 2013

4:45pm to 5:30pm (PST)

The X Window System has, until recently, been essentially the only open source graphical infrastructure for desktop development. I want to share with you some lessons I've learned from 25 years of participation in perhaps the longest-running end-user-facing Open Source project. With the desktop apparently in decline, it seems like a good time to discuss lessons in open source architecture, governance, evolution and dissemination that can be drawn from X.

My talk will begin with a brief history of X. This will be used as a basis for discussing topics including: a model for initiating a large open source project; the several styles of X governance--what worked and what did not; planning for and executing large step changes in the open source model; getting open source out there.

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Bart Massey

Portland State CS Prof and general geek bio from Twitter

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Time 4:45pm5:30pm PST

Date Thu 20th June 2013

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