Distinguished Speaker Series with Bruce Perens



  • The Emerging Economic Paradigm of Open Source

    Join us between from 6:00-7:00pm for light snacks and a networking reception.

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    Bruce Perens, Senior Scientist, for Open Source Cyber Security Policy Research Laboratory, George Washington University


    Introduction By

    Andrew Aitken, Founder and Managing Partner, Olliance Group

    Co-hosted by the Computer History MuseumThe Institute for the FutureACM San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and CSPA

    Bruce Perens is a seminal figure in the open source movement. Indeed, he helped coin the very term "Open Source", and wrote the original Open Source Definition. He has been instrumental in many open source initiatives, such as the Linux Standard Base. He is editor of the Bruce Perens Open Source Series, published by Prentice Hall, and was recently named Senior Scientist for Open Source by the Cyber Security Policy Research Laboratory of George Washington University.

    In this talk, Perens will consider the economics of Open Source. Says Perens: "Many people don't understand how Open Source could be sustainable, some may even feel that its effect upon the proprietary software industry is an economic detriment. Fortunately, if you look more deeply into the economic function of software in general, it's easy to establish that Open Source is both sustainable and of tremendous benefit to the overall economy. Open Source can be explained entirely within the context of conventional open-market economics. Indeed, it turns out that it has much stronger ties to the phenomenon of capitalism than you may have appreciated."

    The SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series presents people who have helped define our understanding of software: what it is, how it is developed, and the opportunities it affords. The series provides these noted figures a platform to grapple with the larger issues of the software industry, as viewed through the prism of their current work and interests.

    The theme for the 2004-2005 series of talks is "The Software Commons."


    Read more on the SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series and see a list of upcoming speakers!

    Event Logistics


    PARC-George E. Pake Auditorium

    3333 Coyote Hill Road

    Palo Alto, CA


    6:00-7:00pm Registration/Networking & Light Snacks
    7:00-9:00pm Program



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