COSSFEST 2007

COSSFEST 2007

Recently the organizing committee put together a sponsorship package for the event, and I think this is the best way to describe this event –

COSSFest 2007 is an exposition of open source technologies, welcoming new voices, tools and projects that will accompany established operating systems, platforms, languages and applications that started the open source movement. The beginning collaboration between two user groups and post-secondary education has been expanded to include new partners in making this event the biggest free technology event in Calgary.

COSSFest is the place for the open source community and their supporters to gather, exchange ideas and gain momentum. It is also a place for enterprise developers and managers to see and hear about competitive advantage in using open source technology. It is an opportunity to learn from and meet with users of open source who could profoundly affect Information Technology strategy in your organization.

There are already very interesting tracks and sessions confirmed for this event, ranging from Web 2.0, Collaborative frameworks to Ruby on Rails, and areas covering Linux. It’ll be fun to watch coming all this together on the event day. There are many things lined up for next couple of weeks. It is going to be very busy as we approach the event day.

© Manoj Khanna 2003 – 2012.
COSSFEST 2007

COSSFEST 2007

Recently the organizing committee put together a sponsorship package for the event, and I think this is the best way to describe this event –

COSSFest 2007 is an exposition of open source technologies, welcoming new voices, tools and projects that will accompany established operating systems, platforms, languages and applications that started the open source movement. The beginning collaboration between two user groups and post-secondary education has been expanded to include new partners in making this event the biggest free technology event in Calgary.

COSSFest is the place for the open source community and their supporters to gather, exchange ideas and gain momentum. It is also a place for enterprise developers and managers to see and hear about competitive advantage in using open source technology. It is an opportunity to learn from and meet with users of open source who could profoundly affect Information Technology strategy in your organization.

There are already very interesting tracks and sessions confirmed for this event, ranging from Web 2.0, Collaborative frameworks to Ruby on Rails, and areas covering Linux. It’ll be fun to watch coming all this together on the event day. There are many things lined up for next couple of weeks. It is going to be very busy as we approach the event day.

Calgary Open Source Group

I recently created Calgary Open Source Group (COSG). You can learn more about the group and its objectives at http://calgaryos.ning.com. The idea is to bring a flavor of Open Source into the Oil City. There is tons of proprietary stuff happening here, but I think its important to learn & experience for Calgary’s large technology community and companies about the open source software and revolution.

Feedbacks are welcome.

© Manoj Khanna 2003 – 2012.
Calgary Open Source Group

Calgary Open Source Group

I recently created Calgary Open Source Group (COSG). You can learn more about the group and its objectives at http://calgaryos.ning.com. The idea is to bring a flavor of Open Source into the Oil City. There is tons of proprietary stuff happening here, but I think its important to learn & experience for Calgary’s large technology community and companies about the open source software and revolution.

Feedbacks are welcome.

The Open Source & Web 2.0 – Overused and overrated

I believe in open source. But, there have been too many events around open source in past couple of years that it is hard to believe that open source is not another commercialized entity. Companies posing themselves and based on open source technology in turn aren’t really open source in their products and offerings, and this brings an interesting and questionable point at times ‘what’s cooking behind those open source company doors?’. How many companies can we list that work towards the actual cause and benefit of open source, and also serve the underlying principals and foundation of open source? Most companies today are focused on how to make money off of the open source buzz, get funded and attract venture capitalists.

Another top of the line attractor of funds and capital these days is Web 2.0. Do we really understand Web 2.0? Why 2.0 and why not 1.5 or 2.5 or 3.0 or any arbitrary number for that matter. A term coined for the heck of it or did it have any meaning far and beyond the marketing and publicity of it? Is it making life easier for the users? What I have seen so far from Web 2.0 is – site slowness, complex page designs, heavy scripting and not really paying attention towards usability standards – so how the heck it makes things better over the standard pages or pre-Web 2.0 era?

To me both open source and Web 2.0 and overrated and overused terms today. It is time to move on, get something more useful. Something that makes the lives of the software development world easier, less stressful, more manageable, more focused, less expensive and user centric, and supports open technology standards (if they ever evolve completely).

Though, I named this blog “Open Source World” very aptly, but I think it’s going to stay this way, because open source though overused and overrated will eventually live out itself – and then I’ll think of some new name. BTW, I’m back with blogging.

© Manoj Khanna 2003 – 2012.
The Open Source & Web 2.0 – Overused and overrated

The Open Source & Web 2.0 – Overused and overrated

I believe in open source. But, there have been too many events around open source in past couple of years that it is hard to believe that open source is not another commercialized entity. Companies posing themselves and based on open source technology in turn aren’t really open source in their products and offerings, and this brings an interesting and questionable point at times ‘what’s cooking behind those open source company doors?’. How many companies can we list that work towards the actual cause and benefit of open source, and also serve the underlying principals and foundation of open source? Most companies today are focused on how to make money off of the open source buzz, get funded and attract venture capitalists.

Another top of the line attractor of funds and capital these days is Web 2.0. Do we really understand Web 2.0? Why 2.0 and why not 1.5 or 2.5 or 3.0 or any arbitrary number for that matter. A term coined for the heck of it or did it have any meaning far and beyond the marketing and publicity of it? Is it making life easier for the users? What I have seen so far from Web 2.0 is – site slowness, complex page designs, heavy scripting and not really paying attention towards usability standards – so how the heck it makes things better over the standard pages or pre-Web 2.0 era?

To me both open source and Web 2.0 and overrated and overused terms today. It is time to move on, get something more useful. Something that makes the lives of the software development world easier, less stressful, more manageable, more focused, less expensive and user centric, and supports open technology standards (if they ever evolve completely).

Though, I named this blog “Open Source World” very aptly, but I think it’s going to stay this way, because open source though overused and overrated will eventually live out itself – and then I’ll think of some new name. BTW, I’m back with blogging.

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