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The Kickoff Meeting was on June 24, 2005. There were three panel sessions, a lunch with a keynote, and an hour open discussion.

One purpose of the Open Source Summit was to serve as a basis for further opening the dialog on this very important topic in the software industry. While it was organized as panel discussions, it was expected that all attendees would actively engage in collaborative discussions with those panel members and each other, and, as you'll hear if you listen to the recordings, they did. The event was moderated by Dan Bricklin, President, Software Garden, and Bob Zurek, Vice President, Advanced Technology, Ascential Software (which is now part of IBM). It was sponsored by Ascential Software, and the cost of audio taping was paid for by Novell. Software Garden took care of processing the tapes into audio computer files and uploading them to the Internet.

About the recordings:

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Session 1: Open Source Licensing

The first session was on Open Source licensing. The panelists were two lawyers, Ira Heffan from Goodwin Procter and Karen Copenhaver of Black Duck Software (and previously of Testa Hurwitz, Brown & Bain, and IBM).

[Slides Session 1] (in PDF). Note: Not all slides were covered during the session.
[MP3 Recording Session 1] (1:08:19, 31MB)

Session 2: Open Source Business Models and Strategies

The second session discussed business models and strategies. The panelists were Douglas Heintzman of IBM, Al Campa of Jaspersoft, Robert "R0ML" Lefkowitz of Optaros, Eric Newcomer of Iona, and Nick Carr of Red Hat.

[MP3 Recording Session 2] (58:57, 27MB)

Session 3: Open Source Technical Discussion

The third session was mainly a wonderful presentation by Nat Friedman, VP Engineering and Collaboration, Novell, and Miguel de Icaza, VP Engineering, Mono Project and Ximian Co-Founder. They talked about how to create and run a successful Open Source project, with some very specific examples from ones Nat and Miguel are each involved in right now.

There is a short part missing when the tape was turned over during recording at about 11:35. Nat fills in what he said there (which is important) on his blog:

[Slides Session 3] (in PDF, 1MB).
[Slides Session 3] (in Powerpoint format, 1MB).
[Slides Session 3] (in Open Office format, 1MB).

[MP3 Recording Session 3] (53:18, 24MB)

Luncheon Keynote: Marc Fleury

There was a bagged lunch and an hour keynote (with lots of discussion) by JBoss Group Chairman and CEO Marc Fleury.

[Slides Keynote] (in PDF, 1.8MB).
[Slides Keynote] (in Powerpoint format, 1MB).

[MP3 Recording Keynote] (1:01:18, 28MB)

Afternoon Session: What Did We Miss? What Next?

The last session was an open discussion about whatever people wanted to talk about, followed by a discussion of where to go next with this SIG. This wiki is a result of what was asked for there.

Coverage of the Event

Gordon Haff's blog:
Eric Newcomer's blog:
Stephen Walli's blog:
Bob Zurek's blog:
Groklaw: (Groklaw is also mirroring the recordings and PDF files)
Mass High Tech:

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