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OSCON - the Wrap-Up 49

lisah writes "NewsForge's Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier has been reporting from OSCON all week and wrote a great wrap up of the event. He even had the foresight to take along a video camera while rubbing elbows with some of what Brockmeier calls the 'leading minds in open source.' Caught on tape: Kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman, Python creator Guido van Rossum, Jeff Waugh of Canonical, Greg Lund-Chaix of OSL, and OSCAMP 2006 organizer Brandon Sanders."
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OSCON - the Wrap-Up

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  • by Bing Tsher E ( 943915 ) on Tuesday August 01, 2006 @10:04PM (#15829048) Journal
    Open Source needs to be about broad teams of user/developers. Not about luminaries and celebrities.

    The heros of OS are an inspiration, but I think they'd rather have a team of peers to work with than a sort of paparazzi experience.

  • by LaNMaN2000 ( 173615 ) on Tuesday August 01, 2006 @10:12PM (#15829080) Homepage
    There is a legitimate point behind this troll. When does being an open source project administrator have more to do with media relations than project management? People like RMS, etc. probably spend very little of their time writing code and much more of their time promoting their projects and building community.

    Open Source software has evolved to the point where the "leading minds" have become project administrators deciding which contributions to merge into the main build rather than thought leaders defining the future of their products. Not to troll, but a project manager at Microsoft probably has more influence on the technological evolution of their products than open source project leaders. It is just the nature of distributed development--distributed innovation.
  • by Schraegstrichpunkt ( 931443 ) on Tuesday August 01, 2006 @10:36PM (#15829151) Homepage

    Laugh it up. RMS's deliberate actions and dedication resulted in the free software movement, and are more or less the reason why Microsoft doesn't dominate the web today.

    RMS is the primary reason why Linux ended up being more than just a toy that was popular among college-age Unix geeks. Give the man some credit.

  • "OSCON"? WTF? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 01, 2006 @11:41PM (#15829348)
    NewsForge's Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier has been reporting from OSCON all week and wrote a great wrap up of the event.

    How about telling your reader WTF the news are about? You know, something like this:
    NewsForge's Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier has been reporting from OSCON (please insert "OSCON" definition here) all week and wrote a great wrap up of the event.
  • by Schraegstrichpunkt ( 931443 ) on Wednesday August 02, 2006 @01:32AM (#15829779) Homepage
    Funny but I thought it was due to CERN, The ASF, W3C and other people who actually write code.

    How, exactly? Microsoft wouldn't give a shit about standards if it didn't have competition on the client side. That competition is primarily Firefox and Safari, and neither of those would have existed except for the "open source" movement, which would never have started without the free software movement, which is the brainchild of RMS.

"You can have my Unix system when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers." -- Cal Keegan