My FOSS Presentation at InnoTech OKC
By barton808 on Nov 09, 2007
Earlier this week I day-tripped up to Oklahoma City to give this presentation (details below) at InnoTech Oklahoma. While InnoTech Austin has been going on for four or five years, this was only the second year for InnoTech Oklahoma. Also, rather than a separate Open Source track like they had in Austin, there was only one track and I was the FOSS speaker.
Before my preso I sat in on an interesting presentation on virtualization and very cool panel entitled "Agile Project Experiences." The panel talked about Agile software development, XP (extreme programing, not the operating system) and Scrum and while I was somewhat familiar with Agile and XP, Scrum was new to me . If you're not familiar with Agile Development its in contrast to a traditional waterfall approach to development and some of its basic concepts are fast iterative cycles, getting customer feedback early and regularly and test as you go.
My Presentation: Oh, Brave New World
The presentation I gave, which you can check out here was entitled "Free and Open Source Software: Oh Brave New World" (I find that if you use a quote from Shakespeare in the title, particularly from the Tempest, it makes you look wicked smart). My goal was to provide an overview of FOSS: what it is, where it came from, where we are today and why its of value and then use Sun itself as a case study.
One of the presentations that I leveraged to put this together was one that the Gartner group created called, "The Open-Source Landscape, 2007." In the spirit of FOSS, the preso came with the instructions "This document is intended for you to use in any way that would be of value, so modify or reuse as you see fit. " Pretty cool.
I was impressed by the number of folks who showed up for the talk (when you do one of these things you never know if you'll get five, fifty or no people showing up). Unfortunately I had some laptop power issues so halfway through I had to go sans slides. It worked out ok however since we were able to turn the session from a talk into a discussion. Always gotta be ready with plan B :).
One of the few benefits of having to get up at 3:45AM to catch an early flight is that you get to view an awesome sunrise.
Pau for now...