Open Source Business Models
Open Source and Free Software are driven by a belief in openness, the
strengths of community, the commitment to sharing and volunteer effort.
Yet modern capitalist societies are primarily organized around firms that
need sustainable revenue models to generate the cash flow to pay employees
and in most cases generate returns for investors and shareholders.
This session brings together leading practitioners and thinkers to present
and debate philosophies and specific approaches to sustainable Open Source
and Free Software business models.
8:30 - 8:35 Dwight Wainman - Opening remarks
As Business Providers, the first four speakers will present and critique
their organization's specific business model with respect "open source"
software and services.
8:35 - 8:55 Robert Young - From the perspective of Red Hat, a large
successful "open source" software and service company since inception.
9:00 - 9:20 Matt Asay - From the perspective of Novell - a large software
public company that is transitioning from a "closed source" model to a
"mixed source" model.
9:25 - 9:45 Dr. David Ascher - From the perspective of ActiveState and Sophos, who, as a
newly combined private company, provide software and services that leverage open source
technologies; ActiveState with programming tools for the open source developer community,
and Sophos with anti-virus and anti-spam solutions for business.
9:50 - 10:10 Jason Matusow - Microsoft has been actively making source code available to
customers and constituent communities via the Shared Source Initiative for over 3 years now
and today the Shared Source community has grown to 1 million participants. Through the
Shared Source Initiative, Microsoft is making source code broadly available while
preserving the intellectual property rights that have sustained innovation and growth
throughout the software industry.
10:15 - 10:45 - Break
As Users, the next two presenters will outline the impact on user of Open
Source and Free Software.
10:45 - 11:05 Evan Leibovitch - From the perspective of the needs and
requirements of individual users and corporate users.
11:10 - 11:30 Evan Bauer - From the perspective of enterprise technology
solutions for both public and private sector organizations.
After the above presentations, a panel and question period will focus on
questions including: What are successful business models for Open Source
developers? What business models have failed and why? What do customers
need so that they can adopt and rely upon Open Source software? How do
licensing models impact business models?
11:35 - 12:30 Open Forum (all participants, including Dwight Wainman and
Dr. Ron Baecker)
Matt Asay has spent most of his professional life trying to
conceive novel ways to monetize open source software. Asay was previously
co-manager of Mitsui's investment in Cobalt, a successful Linux-based
microserver startup, and then GM of embedded-Linux startup Lineo's
Residential Gateway business. He is now at Novell, where he is
responsible for laying the strategic and business foundation for Novell's
open source strategy, especially the Mono project. Asay holds a juris
doctorate from Stanford, where he worked with Larry Lessig on studying
software licensing and innovation, especially the GPL.
Ascher is Chief Technologist for ActiveState, the
leading provider of software solutions that increase developer productivity and organizational
efficiency through the innovative use of open source technology. Ascher, a Python book author and a
director of the Python Software Foundation, has extensive
technical and business experience integrating open source projects such as Python and Mozilla into
successful commercial products.
Evan Bauer is an
independent consultant advising both public and private sector
organizations on technology innovation. Evan also serves as a Principal
Research Fellow with the Robert Frances Group, "Business Advisors to IT
Executives", where he focuses on enterprise technology strategy, including
the introduction of Linux and other open source technologies into major
organizations, and technology risk assessment and mitigation. He was
previously Chief Technology Officer for Global Technology Infrastructure
at Credit Suisse First Boston.
Evan Leibovitch is currently President, the Linux Professional Institute www.lpi.org. He has
been working with Unix and Linux on PC systems for almost 20 years. Most recently, he served as
Vice-President, Business Development for Starnix Inc., Canada's leading Linux support and Services
Company. Prior to Starnix, he played a strategic consultant role on Open Systems and Open Source
issues to many organizations. He has also written analyses of the Unix and Linux marketplace for
publications such as ZDNet and IEEE.
Jason Matusow is Manager, Shared Source Initiative, Microsoft Corporation
As the person responsible for establishing a company-wide framework for Microsoft's global source
licensing strategy, he consults with governments, corporations, academics and analysts on software
intellectual property issues. Matusow has worked in both technical and policy positions in the software
industry for 10 years, was the founding member of the Microsoft Year 2000 team, and has been with the
company since 1995.
Robert F. (Bob)
Young, a University of Toronto graduate, spent twenty years in the
computer leasing business before co-founding Red Hat Software in 1994 and
becoming a leading spokesperson for open source software and Linux. Since
stepping down as CEO of Red Hat, Bob has founded The Center for the Public
Domain, a non-profit foundation that supports the growth of a healthy
and robust public domain, and Lulu.com, an
author-controlled alternative to conventional publishing. He recently
took up football, having purchased the Hamilton Tiger Cats in October