Most interesting stuff I learnt Formats are back, form can compensate substance... (not that this is any news...)
Take away Not much really though the talks were lively and the presenters entertaining. I liked the Origami talk the most.
Nick Gall - How to Architect Freedom - IFaPs: Identifiers, Formats and Protocols. IFaPs opposed to API. The revenge of the formats? Interesting idea...
David Hansson - Secrets behind Ruby on Rails : I was afraid that Ruby would be boring, well, it is...
Kartik Subbarao - Enterprise IT Open Source Powerhouse - Very entertaining talk and rather smart points made on why enterprise needs to use Open Source. Preaching to the choir here though...
Robert Lang - Computational Origami . Very interesting and fun. Inspirational but little direct relevance for us.
Mitchell Baker interview
Dick Hardt - Identity 2.0 by sxip's CEO - Really fun presentation. Not a lot of idea though, more form than substance.
Calculating the ROI of Open Source: How to Build Your Own Model - Robert M. Lefkowitz
I was kicked out of this talk for, apparently, not having the right credential on my badge. Unpleasant...
The DNA of a Commercial Open Source Software Business Model - John Roberts
Most interesting stuff I learnt Pure Open Source project can be the basis of for profit start ups
Take away It was a very inspirational talk despite the fact that CRM is not really appealing to me. Apparently, VCs are warming up to the idea of funding Open Source companies. A good sign for sure. Somewhere, there's a little bit of the "lillipad" strategy on this growth model.
Example of how running an OS Project and a company
2nd look at the "manufacturing" of enterprise application
Frustrated by the traditional model : do engineering then be swamped in marketing and market forces
Wanted to bring back engineering up front
1st Open Source application company founded by VC money
Got something on SourceForge out first, get validation from users, get feedback and a small community first
Keep the "org" and "com" separated ("church and state" analogy)
Use the MPL (Mozilla Public License) under the "Sugar Public License"
Now already a global presence without having done any international effort
Have a "Pro" version with some commercial code
Use a very similar model to MySQL as far as business strategy is concerned
It's Time to Share: Calendar Data Interchange - David Sklar
Most interesting stuff I learnt iCalendar is a great spec, use it.
Take away We're apparently doing the right thing with Chandler and Cosmo. Chandler was mentioned and did rank pretty well against the other market players (including Outlook).
iCalendar (RFC 2445) is the spec
Presentation of the existing client : Chandler was mentioned... Our icon SUCKS!!! Let's change it... please...
We don't support vCal : old spec so not really an issue
Contrast the different apps understanding of the subtleties of iCalendar : Chandler rated well (better than Outlook and Palm...)
iMip : scheduling via email : scheduling and resources incorporated in a VEVENT envelope
CalDAV will replace that...
TZ : if you think international time is hard, wait till you see all the counties exceptions in the US...
Are Open Source Developers Prepared for Security Bugs? - Alex Vincent, Nitesh Dhanjani, Dan Veditz
Most interesting stuff I learnt Nothing really, I think I've been on MSRC mailing list long enough that no security scare can really surprise me...
Take away It doesn't look that the actors themselves have a strategy to deal with security issues. This in itself is an issue. To be honest, I was expecting some typology of security exploits and how to audit them in code.
Confusing discussion on how to publicize security issues
Good and bad things about auto update, issues with hacked and malicious mirrors
Confusing discussion about triage and what makes a security issue
Using WebDAV - Greg Stein
Most interesting stuff I learnt WebDAV is meant as a replacement to FTP over HTTP
Take away Technical but general content. I went there so that I could understand the CalDAV underlying technology better. No use of WebDAV I can think of for Chandler (short of moving the repository to a server... hmmm...)
WebDAV : RFC 2518, 3253, 3648, 3744
Designed as extension of HTTP
Really replacing FTP in most ways, also more secure since relies on auth instead of account credentials
Bunch of use cases (including SVN using WebDAV and a piece of Delta-V)
Range GET implemented on all WebDAV servers, range PUT is only implemented on the Apache one (ModDAV)
The Future of Firefox as a Platform: A Panel Discussion - David Ascher moderating
Most interesting stuff I learnt XUL and the rest of the Mozilla platform are actively developed.
Take away I really need to read Mike Shaver's papers. The panelist were rather pleased with Mozilla as a platform. Thorniest issue seems to be the plug-in API.
Read Mike Shaver's text on Mozilla as a platform (works for Mozilla as a sort of evangelist)
Issue : some entry points not obvious, lack of documentation
Lots of work being done on the platform right now
Python and PyXPCOM? Mark Hammond working on it
Definitely looking into pushing the platform : XBL for widget extensions, Cairo, SVG 1.1 etc...