I was invited to speak at this year's Gartner Open Source Summit. This is the third open source event for Gartner, and it appeared to be well attended. As it's a Gartner event, it is focused on IT managers. Other speakers and panelists included Karen Copenhaver, Brian Behlendorf, Mike Milinkovich, Stuart Cohen, Steve Mallett, Bruce Perens and Jim Zemlin, as well as the core Gartner analysts that touch free and open source software from various angles.
The point of my talk was to try to demonstrate that there is nothing inherently new about free and open source software, and as such, the audience already understands how to acquire, use, and deploy it. Essentially:
- It's just software.
- It's just economics.
- It's just business.
- It's just software licensing.
I'll also be speaking in a couple of weeks at the Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) in Portland.