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[vox-outreach] OSS Presentation Thur 3-25 at Sac State MIS Association

Jerry Valentine at Sac State has kindly offered us an opportunity to come
and speak to the MIS Association there. I've taken Bill and Jerry up on the 
outreach offer and we have schedule Thursday night 3/25 at about 8pm for the 

I've pasted a draft outlien of my presentation outline below. I'd enjoy 
sharing ideas and participating with others who have ideas. Please feel 
to contact me, come along, etc.

I'd especially like to hear from anyone that has a connnection to any of these
  Sac State IT Dept
  UC Dave IT Dept
  City/County of Sacramento IT Dept
  Cal State Agency IT Dept
  Sutter Health IT Dept
  City of Davis IT Dept

Ed Elliott
(707) 428-6620

Open Source : What? When? Why?

1) What is Open Source Software (OSS)?

Shared roots with science, math, literature
Licensing  GPL and OSI and Groklaw
Free Software? - FSF, GNU Project, Linux
Distributions  Linux (RedHat, SuSe, Debian, Gentoo, Knoppix)
Embedded OSS and Industry Consortiums
OSS Worldwide  Critical Mass in the Bay Area
Thought leaders - Linus Torvalds, Larry Wall, Larry Rosen, Tim O'Reilly, Mitch Kapor
Vendors - SuSe, MySQL, Apache team  IBM, Active State  Python, Sun  Open Office and Java, VA Software, OSAF  Mitch Kapor
Corporate Lead- Google, Yahoo, Ameritrade, 
Review of current solution stack - OSI model

2) Why Should Open Source Software be in your IT Strategy?

Direct Participation in Product Development
OSDL  Quality and Standards
Cost comparison of solution stacks

3) When Should Open Source Be in Your Plan?

Unix Server OS  Rapidbly being replaced by Linux
Windows Server OS  Upgrade cycle opportunities
Enterprise Applications  Database leads (MySQL), other apps follow
Windows Desktop Replacement
Clerical staff issues/opportunities
Consumer opportunities(Lindows)
Thin client opportunities and LTSP

4) Conclusion  Questions to Consider

- OSS uses a globally distributed collaborative model of development. 
Is this a foretaste of a new business model for the globally connected workplace?
- What motivates contributors? What if you had the chance to collaborate 
with Jefferson, Washington, Adams, Hamilton, and Franklin, and to create 
one sentence in the Constitution?
- When you start a business, will using Open Source give you an 
advantage or disadvantage versus your competitor?
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