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FSOSS 2014 Report

Key Note Bob Young

Bob Young is co-founder of Red Hat Inc. and also the owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He is a huge software and open source fan. Everything is distributed by Red Hat is under GPL license. Bob Young claim himself to be “One of the world worst students” and how academic people don’t like him! He believes that your academic success has 0 correlation to your success in life and how marks don’t matter; only what you learn matters. It was great to hear from one of the very first people who work in the open source field. He talked about how he was just a type writer seller, lost his job and became unemployed to become the co-founder of Red Hat. He talked about how his meeting with Dr. Thomas Sterling change his point of view about Open source. He also mentioned briefly of how GPL license is invented, what he like and doesn’t like about GPL. He also answers interesting questions such as should company rely on poorly maintained open source projects. He talked about how some of the open source projects that got so big and it became unmaintainable for the original project owner and then shifted to a new owner who is more capable of maintaining the project. He also talks about the reason behind Linux changes from KDE desktop to Gnome desktop. How one piece of permissive software in an open source project can cause so much trouble for Red Hat to the point they have to write their own Linux Desktop.

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You must attend two talks and write a report and analysis of the two. Your report must be 1,000 words in length and include:

  • Summaries of two talks.
    • What was each talk about?
    • What was the speaker's main point?
    • What was the speaker's background and point of view?
  • Analysis of each speaker's views on open source. He/she may not mention it explicitly. You must listen and try to understand based on what they are saying, and perhaps not saying.
    • Comparison of the points made by the presenters.
    • What can you say about open source in the light of the points they made?
    • Do the speakers have similar views of open source or do they disagree? How so?
  • Conclusion about your views on open source
  • Does the picture of open source you've seen presented in these talks challenge or confirm your own views about what open source is and how it functions?