March 6-8, 2018 - Sonoma, CA
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Wednesday, March 7 • 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Open Source is Being Ruined and It’s All Our Fault - Brian Redbeard, CoreOS

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Open Source software has become a necessity of most businesses. The promise of “free” software has lead to rapid adoption of new technology, revolutionized development processes, and spurred new business models. The reality is that open source “realpolitik” is now the norm, abandoning much of the founding ideologies.

Do businesses care about these ideological concerns? Are they used as a marketing/recruiting tool? Can/should the enterprise crowd take a stance on these issues?

In this talk we analyze how “Open Source” businesses make money, how they benefit their users, and look at the pragmatic challenges ubiquitous to libre software, open hardware, and selling “support” as a model. In an audience friendly to open source we should be able to look in the mirror and ensure that we aren’t hurting ourselves, our businesses in the pursuit of making a living with the projects we love.


Brian Redbeard

Chief Architect, CoreOS
Brian Harrington, also known as Redbeard, is chief architect at CoreOS. He is developer, hacker, and technical writer in the areas of open-source development and systems administration. His time spent in both defensive and offensive computing have combined with his readings of classical... Read More →

Wednesday March 7, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm PST
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