At LinuxTag 2007 in Berlin
Monday June 04th 2007, 12:33h
Filed under: ETH Zürich, FLOSS, Linux, Research, Ubuntu

Last week was busy but extremely cool. Visiting LinuxTag 2007 in Berlin on Thursday was great since basically every large open source project was present at the exposition with a booth (except for TYPO3 - where are the marketing guys of the most popular CMS in Europe??) Particularly holding one of the developer OpenMoko’s in my hand (it’s quite heavy, more than I expected) and meeting the creators of this revolutionary device was a nice experience. Of course I invited them immediately for OpenExpo this fall in Zürich - as I did with many other project representatives and speakers bothering them with our soon finished Call for Participation. Although there hasn’t been much collaboration next to some flyer, the Open Events Foundation aims to bring all European OSS events together so I’m interested if in future there will be some contacts-sharing among the organizers of LinuxTag, FrOSCon, Chemnitzer LinuxTage etc.

On Friday, Martin Michlmayer’s track on “Building and Management of Communities” started. His speech about release management in OSS projects (the topic of his recently finished dissertation) clearly favored time-based releases since it gives more continuity into the process. My own presentation about “Crowding Effects: How Money Influences Open Source Projects and its Contributors” went well and was attended by quite a large number of people despite the early time it was scheduled. Afterwards several project coordinators as well as individual OSS programmers came to speak to me about their personal experience of motivation and extrinsic incentives. Particularly the contact to Axel Hecht, translation manager of the Mozilla project, was interesting since he forwarded me to Seth Bindernagel, community coordinator of Mozilla.

One presentation important for our current research project on Nokia’s open source involvement was the one of Quim Gil about the Maemo project. Next to already public stuff he revealed some news about the future of the Internet Tablet operating system. From now on, the Forum Nokia will manage users of the devices where as Maemo will become again more R&D focussed. They plan to do some application certification process in the future, improve the update mechanism of the operating system and make the API management more transparent. Concerning community building an interesting move is to spin-out the Hildon framework into a more community-managed project. So it will be highly interesting to follow the next generation software platform of Nokia getting even more open as it was the previous 2 years.


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Hi, I want to use some of your slides in an own presentation (and later on in a blog post), but couldn’t find any legal notice about the license you choose. Which license did you use at Linuxtag for your presentation? CC-BY-SA would be fine which me, because of compatibility with my paper.

Comment by StefanMz 04.01.08 @ 9:31h



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