I’ll once again be attending Europe’s most important open source developer event, FOSDEM, I’m honoured to have had two talks accepted this year. Both are on Saturday afternoon:
- Should We Embrace App Stores? (15:00 in the Legal Issues DevRoom)
Most open source projects have chosen to build versions of their code for a variety of platforms. This helps the advance of software freedom, since people are frequently exposed to the reality for the first time when they try open source software on a platform where it’s otherwise absent.But in the case of platforms gated by app stores, the common wisdom appears to be to disrupt access to open source software by exercising the copyright holders’ right to object to conflicts with the license they have used.
Is this the right approach? Should we be waiving our objections to app store terms so that software freedom is promoted on them? Or is it vital to object on principle in every case?
- A New OSI For A New Era (17:50 in the Free Java DevRoom)
This talk will consider trends in open source governance, the work under way to refactor the Open Source Initiative for this new phase in open source, and asks how the Java community should be reacting to these changes.
I’m currently planning to arrive in Brussels Friday February 1st and depart Monday February 4th. If you would like to meet, please let me know!
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