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Thursday, May 30 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
It Was Never About Innovation - John Mark Walker, Red Hat

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We've seen the last ubiquitous proprietary solution in the data center. We always wondered what world domination looks like, and now we know. Innovation is now happening in customers' data centers more than from proprietary software vendors. Put simply, without open source, there is no cloud. But what lesson did we gain from this victory?

Open source was never about innovation - that was just an interesting by-product of the freedoms granted to the customer: redistribution, usage as needed, ability to study how it works, and sharing changes. IaaS, SaaS and PaaS have all been affronts to user freedom, despite the fact that the vast majority of these solutions are built with open source software. As more and more compute resources are deployed to the cloud, it can seem as though our future platforms will be built atop Software Livre, with none of the associated freedoms of these underlying foundational elements. If one is a believer in Software Livre, is the cloud simply best avoided?

This talk will examine the ways in which all of us - users, developers, systems administrators and CIOs - can create a future in which the cloud will be as 'open source' as the components used to create it.  To create this future, these five requirements must be satisfied to preserve freedom in the cloud:

Open Formats: All user data and metadata must be represented in Open Standard formats.

Copyrights: The standard must be documented in all its details, published and both accessible and [re]usable free of charge.

 Patents: Any patents possibly present on [parts of] the standard must be irrevocably made available on a royalty-free basis.

Trademarks: Any trademarks possibly present on identifier(s) must be used for non-discriminatory enforcement of compliance only.

Free Software: There must be multiple full, faithful, independent and interoperable implementations licensed in their entirety under an Open Source Initiative (OSI) approved license or placed into the public domain.

Attendees will leave this presentation with a solid understanding of the ways that the freedoms of Software Livre may be preserved in the world of cloud computing, as well as an examination of how the Gluster Community and the projects incubating in the Gluster Forge meet these five requirements.

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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.

Thursday May 30, 2013 12:00pm - 12:50pm

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