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OSCON Recap Part III

September 22, 2006

Here is the last part describing my first visit to OSCON. Before I start, I have to thank O’Reilly for giving us the opportunity to talk about the Venezuela’s quest to achieve technological independence. Second, I have to thank Jeff for the invitation and his hospitality. And of course, I have to thank Chris for letting me stay at his place.

On Friday we gave our talk to a group of social activists in Portland. It went quite well: Alejandro had plenty of time to give his portion of the talk 😉

People were quite engaged and we hope the message went across. The audio of the talk is available here thanks to Chris.

Finally, I leave you with the note inviting to our talk





OSCON Recap Part II

September 22, 2006

I have been so busy with my research and helping organize the 4th World Forum on Free Knowledge that I did not have the time to write down my thoughts about OSCON until now. Anyway, I will do my best to give you a short description of what our session was about.

Our session name was: Sofware Libre: FOSS in Venezuela. We had a decent number of attendants considering that we were targeting people interested in the social aspects of Free and Open Source Software in a conference where the business aspects were king.

Jeff gave a not so brief introduction to the Venezuela’s efforts to move to free and open source software and then I started my talk. Some how I got carried away and started talking for a longer time than we agreed to. This left little time to Alejandro to talk about the project he is working on to make more human-friendly the prisons in our country.

In short, we got some nice reviews, specially this one. We hope people enjoyed the talk while learning about what is happening in Venezuela and how that relates to the global Free and Open Source Software movement.

For those interested, I posted the slides of my talk here.



OSCON recap. Part I

August 3, 2006

I decided to write three posts about my experience in OSCON 2006. The first post (this one), will focus on the first day I attended: Wednesday July 26, 2006. The second one, will focus on our session: Sofware Libre: FOSS in Venezuela. The last one, will cover our experience giving a similar talk for the general public in Portland.

OSCON Day 1.

The highlight of the day was Tim O’Reilly saying that the Open Source Licenses are Obsolete in his Keynote. This is still creating some discussion as can be seen in the O’Reilly Radar. However, that was not the only interesting topic Tim talked about. He mentioned 5 topics that should be in our radars:

  1. The Architecture of participation beyond Web 2.0
  2. The fact that open source licenses are obsolete
  3. The fact that open source allows for asymmetric competition
  4. The fact that “operations” is the competitive advantage for open source software companies
  5. Open data as a revolution with larger impact than the open source revolution

After Tim’s talk, Scott Yara from Greenplum had the opportunity to shine. In his talk, School of Rock, Scott compared the music industry associated with Rock and Roll with the software industry associated with Open Source. The highlight of his talk was reminding us that we (the open source developers and activists) should

“Keep it [Open Source Software] Real!”

“Keep it Dangerous! [dangerous to the establishment]”

The other two talks in the plenary session were not as interesting. In case you are wondering about their topics you can find them here or here.

Later in the day, I attended the session on Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence using PostgreSQL by Luke Lonergan. The talk was OK. However, the title was misleading since the Business Intelligence part was absent from most of the talk (it only appeared in the title).

After that, I moved to Easy AI with Python by Raymond Hettinger. Raymond did a very nice analogy between a database and an Artificial Neural Network. Based on that analogy, he was able to create complex queries (similar to the way people talk) to extract information from the database. The only drawback about his approach is that the Artificial Neural Network is not able to learn the connections so it is not intelligent at all. Anyway, it is a talk you might want to check. The presentations slides are available here.

After Raymond’s talk, I had a meeting regarding our session on Software Libre. The next talk I attended was: The Semasiology of Open Source (Part III) by Robert Lefkowitz. Robert is an outstanding speaker and the talk was hilarious. As someone described him the following day: Lefkowitz is a master of the metaphor. His talk is available here for those of you who might be interested. By the way, the talk was so interesting that we allowed Robert to take away part of the break. So, I did not have much time for seeing the exhibits.

Because my friends (Alejandro and Jeff) are Perl fans, I decided to join them for the Perl Lightning Talks. The talks were really good. That good that Alejandro convinced me to start learning Perl. So, here I am going trough the Llama Book (Learning Perl by R. Scwartz, T. Phoenix, and B. Foy).

A rather disappointing talk I attended to close the day was Data Mining Using Orange and Python. It was disappointing because the speakers were neither experts on Orange nor in Data Mining. The only good thing is that they showed me that even them could use Orange so it must be a really good tool.

Well, that is all for now. I will cover Part II of this series of posts during the weekend.



Going to OSCON!

July 25, 2006

In a couple of hours I am taking a plane first to Vancouver and from there to Portland. I will report again from there.


A session you would not want to miss at OSCON 2006: Software Libre: FOSS in Venezuela

July 21, 2006

I was invited to participate on the Panel discussion about the new IT Bill in Venezuela that aims to promote the use of Free and Open Source Software in government. If you have been reading my Blog, you would have an idea of the sort of things I am going to present. However, be ready for a couple of surprises as I take you on a trip behind the scenes of what it takes to promote real change in a society that got used to Proprietary Software.

See you next week!


OSCAMP: Free as in Freedom! at OSCON 2006

July 19, 2006

Next week, I will be participating in a panel discussion about Free Software in Venezuela at OSCON 2006. I also decided to register for OSCAMP 2006, an event that is happening in parallel with OSCON. OSCAMP seems to be like a lot of fun, this is why I am posting below the invitation to the event in case you wanted to know more about it.




OSCAMP 2006: Free as in Freedom! — Portland July 24-28, 2006 at OSCON

Please join us for OSCAMP 2006, a free (as in freedom) un-conference of, for, and by folks who are part of the Free/Libre/Open movement. You are reading this invitation because someone wants to see you at the bazaar!

A grassroots cooperative effort with O’Reilly, OSCAMP seeks to organize the fringe of activity that has grown up around OSCON during the last several years so that the entire shindig can rock even more! We are coming together to network, write code, have fun and learn about the cool things that are afoot in the movement. Bring your friends and join a good party that’s growing even better!

When: July 24-28, 2006

Where: PortlandOregon at the Oregon Convention Center (part of OSCON 2006)

Format: OpenSpace

Cost: Free … but you can call it “Open” if that’s your thang

Venezuela’s Free Software Movement at OSCON 2006

May 23, 2006

Jeff Zucker, Virtual Production Services LLC, is hosting a Panel Discussion session titled: “Software Libre: FOSS in Venezuela” at this year’s O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON 2006). The session promises to showcase the reasons for the Information Technology Bill I have been writing about in this Blog [1]-[7].

From the session’s website we have that in this session you will “hear about the reasons for the law, the kinds of projects already implemented, and forces working for and against the migration to FOSS. Panel members have been involved directly in drafting the law, in implementing it, and in planning for the huge training and code-writing task ahead.”