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Wednesday, October 15


Community Best Practices: Understanding and Using the Developer Certificate of Origin - James Bottomley, Parallels
Now that the DCO is free from the kernel (http://developercertificate.org/) it can be used in any project. This talk begins with why you need a Contributor Agreement (CA) in the first place, explores some of the history and reasons for the various CAs and why Linux was forced to adopt the DCO nearly ten years ago. We will contrast the ten years of DCO experience against some other projects which use more specific CAs and explain the benefits and pitfalls. We will also give advice on best practices around using the DCO, what else is required to make the DCO work correctly and what problems still remain. Finally we will synthesise some conclusions about how much protection the DCO provides and some general advice about whether an additional CA is needed for your project.

The audience is anyone interested in setting up an open source project, participating in an existing open source project or people who just want to be aware of best community practices around projects. 

Understanding the DCO better reduces fragmentation and increases the probability that community projects won't trip over CAs or will end up alienating potential contributors for non technical reasons.  

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James Bottomley

Distinguished Engineer, IBM
James Bottomley is a Distinguished Engineer at IBM Research where he works on Cloud and Container technology. He is also Linux Kernel maintainer of the SCSI subsystem. He has been a Director on the Board of the Linux Foundation and Chair of its Technical Advisory Board. He went to... Read More →

Wednesday October 15, 2014 11:15am - 12:05pm
Room 01


Collaboration Beyond Development - Co-opetition and the Long Game - Shane Coughlan, OIN
Collaboration around Open Source has lead to common strategic goals for SMEs and multinationals across the world. It is characterised by a social movement of co-opetition - simultaneous competition and cooperation - where companies compete on products but collaborate on platforms. The underlying concept is “Smart Innovation” that empowers everyone to make better products and services. This leads to a corresponding refinement in the way many companies approach “IPR” strategy. Such refinement initially focused on acceptance of Copyright licenses like the GPL but has evolved to include other areas of business strategy. Most strikingly, today the Linux System has the largest patent cross-license community in the world by a wide margin, with EMEA companies being some of the most numerous and active participants. This talk unpacks what is happening and discusses where we are going next.

This talk is suitable for legal and business decision-makers with a governance or strategy role. It does not presume pre-knowledge of existing activities.

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Shane Coughlan

OpenChain General Manager, Linux Foundation
Shane Coughlan is an expert in communication, security and business development. His professional accomplishments include spearheading the licensing team that elevated Open Invention Network into the largest patent non-aggression community in history, establishing the leading professional... Read More →

Wednesday October 15, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Room 16