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Wednesday, October 15 • 11:15am - 12:05pm
Open Source: The Customer Revolution Will be Cloudified - John Mark Walker, Red Hat

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Open Source was a phenomenon made possible by the will of the customer and end user, pushing them up to the same status as developers. Cloud computing as an industry phenomenon is built almost entirely on open source pieces, but ironically (or perhaps, perversely) is used to create proprietary services. One could say that cloud computing is the revenge of the developer.

This talk discusses how the four software freedoms allowed customers and end users to achieve a more level playing field and provided a solid foundation on which innovation flourished. Innovation was an interesting by-product, not something pursued. The lessons learned from open source innovation should inform our choices in cloud-y computing, but cloud is currently dominated by proprietary services and obfuscation beyond the public API. Can we arrange the pieces once again such that innovation is an interesting by-product of processes and governance designed to give everyone a seat at the table?

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John Mark Walker

Open Source Ecosystems Leader, Red Hat, Inc
John Mark is the ManageIQ Community Leader. For three years prior to his ManageIQ role, he was the Gluster Community Leader and is a long-time Open Source community advocate and strategist.

Wednesday October 15, 2014 11:15am - 12:05pm CEST
Room 15

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