Scott Wilson agrees that open source matters because of open code, but just as important is the process in which the code is made. Open development of code is in the social nature of many programmers, hackers, documentors, and project managers. So, what is it about open development?
One of the fundamental tenets of the open source movement is the freely available access of knowledge. There has been a growing scene of educators, institutions, and organizations that see open access to knowledge as not being limited to that of source code. For several groups and universities this has been a focal point for the future of worldwide education.
On stage at this year’s Great Wide Open conference, Steven Klabnik made a sobering proclamation.
“We have completely failed non-programmers and their ability to use computers,” he said.
Klabnik works for marketplace payment company Balanced, where he is—and how awesome is this?—Philosopher in Residence. His job, he says, “is to pay attention to where things are going and also think about where we should be going.”
The O’Reilly Open Source Convention—or OSCON, as it’s popularly known—is one of the world’s premier open source events. For more than a decade, open-minded developers, innovators, and business people have gathered for this weeklong event, which explores cutting edge developments in the open source ecosystem. The event will be held from July 20 – July 24 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.
And, Opensource.com will be there! We’ll cover the keynote sessions, talk with industry thought leaders, and be tweeting about our adventures @opensourceway.