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Open Source Configuration Sharing by Power Users/Developers Using YAML in a Wiki

in Community, Company, Entrepreneurship, FSOSS, FSOSS2010, Web Programming

Location

Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 9" N, 79° 22' 54.0012" W

Open source is a lot of the time about the code. But what about the configurations? In some cases, configuring a platform can take significant time and depending on the configuration, the resulting application can be very different and address varied uses. The power users/developers of TikiWiki CMS/Groupware had exactly this problem of configuration being too tedious and full of reinventing the wheel each time. They then figured out a way to share configurations as easy-to-learn YAML inside a wiki so that other power users/developers can make use, enhance and combine these modular application configurations, leading to new and innovative applications that are easily deployed through an automated system. The same approach should be possible for configuration sharing for many different platforms, not just TikiWiki.

Event: 
FSOSS
Speaker: 
Nelson Ko
23 Aug

What the heck is FOSSLC?

in Community, Entrepreneurship, Misc

We've been asked enough times lately what FOSSLC is that I was thinking a short blog on this topic might be a good idea. We've evolved from where we started a few years ago so it's worthwhile to see what it is we do today.

Our tag line is pretty accurate: FOSSLC is a non-profit corporation dedicated to education, community, and business development involving open source technologies. But what does this *really* mean?

Squirrel open source model airplane

in Community, Entrepreneurship, SC2010, Misc

Location

Ottawa, ON
Canada
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W

How Darcy Whyte (24 year software developer) created one of the most popular rubber band airplane designs by releasing the design to the public rather than trying to patent it and control the source design and manufacturing.

This talk includes:

  • A look at the problem solving methodology that Darcy used to produce software for his clients and how he used it to create an artifact instead of software.
  • How releasing the design to the public resulted in design improvements and important viral propagation of the project.
  • How continued openness created excellent platform to commercialize the project.

During the presentation, Darcy will build a Squirrel model airplane in about 6 minutes and demonstrate flying above the audience.

You can see it fly at http://www.rubber-power.com. Click "how high" for some spectacular flights.

Event: 
Summercamp2010
Speaker: 
Darcy Whyte

Commons Knowledge - bringing clarity to the legal complexity of open source licenses

in Company, Entrepreneurship, Government, Legal, SC2010, Licenses

Location

Ottawa, ON
Canada
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W

Thomas Prowse will describe the evolution of his company's alternative delivery model for open source software legal information services. This service is built on the foundation of "commons sourcing” a term which Thomas coined some time ago to describe the pooling of shared information based resources under OSS methodologies for use by companies for commercial purposes. Thomas will demonstrate how n2one inc.'s Commons Knowledge™ service harnesses the power of commons sourcing to offer affordable subscription based access to developers, lawyers, and business leaders to world class practical OSS related legal information resources.

Thomas, who was peer selected for the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the Technology Law speciality, was formerly the Global Law Department leader on the Nortel Open Source Advisory Team and is currently a partner at a major Canadian law firm. Thomas will put forward his company's concrete business offering and model as a proof point for his deeply held conviction that commons sourcing represents both the future of legal and other professional services and a third wave of global commercial transformation!

Event: 
Summercamp2010
Speaker: 
Thomas Prowse