January 22, 2008

Bruce Perens @ BALUG (Feb 19th)

Author: JT Smith

Bruce Perens, OSI co-Founder, will be speaking at The Bay Area Linux Users Group (BALUG) on February 19th.Bruce Perens will be speaking at The Bay Area Linux Users Group (BALUG) on February 19th.

If you haven't been to BALUG in a while, this a great opportunity to check out what we're up to... and who knows you may just wind up eating dinner with Bruce Perens at your table. If you'd like to come, please RSVP:


"Innovation Goes Public"

Presented by Bruce Perens, co-founder of the Open Source Initiative in software.

Open Source provides much of the software infrastructure for many of the world's largest companies and organizations: Merrill Lynch, Google, Pixar, Amazon, the City of New York, and probably you - although you might not know it. Innovative products like Linux, Firefox, and Apache are the market-leaders in their sectors, but there are tens of thousands of Open Source programs, used for just about everything. But the economics of Open Source are non-intuitive: how can you make money by giving software away? Why did IBM de-emphasize AIX, after spending Billions, in favor of Linux, the product of a loose collaboration of programmers that it can never control? How can the world's greatest city trust Open Source to help manage its jails?

Bruce Perens will show how Open Source is often the most effective strategy for creating and utilizing new innovation. He will explain the economics of Open Source and how it works for profit-generating companies. His talk will be clear to beginners yet informative even for Open Source pros.

2008 speakers:Jan 15th - Eric S. RaymondFeb 19th - Bruce PerensMarch 24th - Mark ShuttleworthApril 15th - Eric AllmanMay 20th - Jeremy AllisonJune 16th - Andrew MortonJuly 15th - Mike Linksvayer, CTO Creative Commons

...And with so many great speakers why not signup for BALUG's extremely low volume announce list:


Meeting Details:
February 19th, 2008
Four Seas Restaurant
731 Grant Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94108


The meetings are always free, but dinner is $13

About BALUG:
BALUG is lively gathering of Linux users & free software enthusiasts that combines great food, community & intimate access to featured speakers. We meet in the bar of the Four Seas Restaurant from 6:30pm. At 7pm, we share a family-style Chinese dinner, which is followed by our guest speaker.

About Bruce Perens:
Bruce Perens is a leader in the Free Software and Open Source community. He advises large corporations and several national governments on Open Source policy. He is creator of the Open Source Definition, the manifesto of the Open Source movement in Software. Perens is a vice president at Sourcelabs, a venture-funded company that provides Open Source services to Wall Street. He is a visiting researcher at Agder University in Norway, funded by a national grant. He was Hewlett-Packard's first Senior Global Strategist for Linux and Open Source, and was Senior Research Scientist for Open Source with George Washington University's Cyber Security Policy Research Institute. The _Bruce Perens' Open Source Series_ from Prentice Hall published 24 titles with Perens as series editor. Perens previously spent 20 years in the computer graphic animation industry, 12 of them at Pixar Animation Studios. He has a credit on the films _A Bug's Life_ and _Toy Story II_.

Link: balug.org


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