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Open Source delivers on promise to rising 3rd grader

I am proud to be a member of the open source community. I am especially proud when I can use open source to do something really unexpected, like getting my daughter all excited about doing something just a little bit batty, making a promise of success, and then, delivering on that promise, in spades.

Pro-competition, not Anti-business

I started to respond to David Richards (the CEO of CentricCRM) comment to the thread I started last week, but that thread has generated a number of sub-threads which I think are better addressed separately. (You can be the judge as to whether this thread separation is a good idea or not.) Thus, I gave a partial response there, and here's really my full response.

David,

First, let me thank you for stepping forward into this discussion.

OSCON 2007

OSI will be at OSCON in force. We expect to hold a public BOF on Wednesday evening, and will be participating in various sessions throughout the week. Hope to see you there.

Will The Real Open Source CRM Please Stand Up?

Dana Blankenhorn's story How far can open source CRM get? has finally pushed me to respond to the many people who have asked "When is the OSI going to stand up to companies who are flagrantly abusing the term 'open source'?" The answer is: starting today. I am not going to start by flaming Dana.

Event Test

This is a test of a module for adding 'events'. 1...2....3....

Open Source Event - LugRadio Live 2007

I received a request over the weekend to promote this year's LugRadio Live. Last year's conference line-up looked pretty great, and this year looks excellent too.

Designing a New OSI

Stanford Professor David Kelley is one of those rare individuals who has successfully added a new way of thinking to Western Thought: Design Thinking. Indeed, the National Academy of Engineering recognized him for nothing less than "affecting the practice of design." I have come to have great respect for the process of design thinking that David Kelley formalized and now teaches, and now it is time to show that respect by actually practicing what is preached.

An Open Source Event - OSSCamp Delhi

kinshuksunil writes to tell us about an upcoming free Open Source event in Delhi... Information is available at http://www.osscamp.in/OSSCampDelhi. While I can't vouch personally for this event, I attended the very first barcamp and I have to say that I'm increasingly loving the whole idea of unconferences. Glad to see students in India starting to "roll their own". Somebody who attends this one, please let us know how it goes?

Open Source Events - Offer To Publicize

Here at opensource.org we get lots of spurious requests for "link exchanges"...what do firearms have to do with Open Source? /me ducks while a thousand commenters type an answer ;-). We also get more than our share of offers from kindly Nigerians). Ours is a very popular internet destination, so it comes with the territory.

Well It Was Twenty Years Ago Today...

It was early June in 1987 when Richard Stallman announced the release of the GNU C compiler version 1.0. As I wrote in Open Sources, it was the most thrilling and most terrifying day of my life (up to that point). Having first read and lightly hacked Emacs code in 1985, having read and lightly hacked GDB code in 1986, I eagerly attended a week-long lecture series on Emacs Stallman gave in Febrary 1987 at MCC in Austin Texas.

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