Speakers & Schedule


Thursday, the 29th of May: The Welcome Dinner

From 6pm on Thursday evening - at Les Oliviades (Hotel Sofitel), the eLiberatica experience kicks off a little early with a casual reunion where the speakers are going to meet with the eLiberatica Committee, sponsors, partners and conference attendees. We will get to know each other and prepare the details for the conference speeches.

Participating on it, you'll have a great opportunity to establish contacts, socialize and discuss hot topics, while enjoying the friendly atmosphere in one of the most exciting restaurants in beautiful Bucharest.

Friday, the 30th of May: Day One

Time Length Session Speaker(s) Location
08:00 40' Registration n/a The World Trade Plaza (WTP) hall
08:40 20' Opening Ceremony Lucian Savluc
Zak Greant
Andreea Maier
09:00 30' Open Source Adoption Status: What statistics tell us Felix Enescu WTP
09:30 50' Understanding Free Software and Open Source Licensing Zak Greant WTP
10:20 40' Legal Aspects related to a FLOSS-based model business Bogdan Manolea WTP
11:00 30' 30 minutes Coffee Break n/a WTP hall
11:30 40' OSS in Public Administrations - A short Report from the European Level Barbara Held WTP
12:10 30' For the first time in Europe: Digital ID providers and OpenID services for Romania Constantin Teodorescu WTP
12:40 30' Integrating Open Source into Your Business - Part I Adam Jollans WTP
13:10 30' Open Source at Microsoft Zoli Herczeg WTP
13:40 1h Lunch n/a Darclee Restaurant (Hotel Sofitel)
14:40 40' Write the Future: Open Standards, Open Source, OpenOffice.org Louis Suarez-Potts WTP
15:20 20' OpenSource and Sun: The OpenSolaris case Vassilis Boulogiorgos WTP
15:40 20' Open Source Software Middleware for "The Internet of Things" - Project ASPIRE Humberto Moran WTP
16:00 10' SocrateOpen, after two years Remus Cazacu WTP
16:10 10' 10 minutes Break n/a WTP hall
16:20 20' An Open Source client application for the Hermix Conferencing Framework Eugen Rotariu WTP
16:40 30' Integrating Open Source into Your Business - Part II Adam Jollans WTP
17:10 20' 20 minutes Coffee Break n/a WTP hall
17:30 30' Practical workshop 1: Kiwi, a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and made for Romanians Jani Monoses WTP
18:00 20' Practical workshop 2: FLOSS Software alternatives to everyday applications Tiberiu Turbureanu WTP
18:20 10' Closing remarks - Day One Lucian Savluc
Zak Greant
Andreea Maier
18:30 1h 1h Break n/a n/a
19:30 2h Social Dinner with guests and partners n/a Locanta Jaristea

Saturday, the 31st of May: Day Two

Time Length Session Speaker(s) Location
08:00 40' Registration n/a The World Trade Plaza (WTP) hall
08:40 20' Opening remarks - presenting Day Two Lucian Savluc
Zak Greant
Andreea Maier
09:00 20' Introducing itTraning - Red Hat Training Center Radu Radulescu WTP
09:20 40' Strategic implementation of Free Software in business Shane Martin Coughlan WTP
10:00 30' Standing on the Shoulders of Giants Brian King WTP
10:30 30' HP vision - Governing the use of open source Martin Michlmayr WTP
11:00 30' 30 minutes Coffee Break n/a WTP hall
11:30 40' Enterprise Information Networks Using FLOSS Technologies - The Navarik Story Bill Dobie WTP
12:10 40' Mozilla Messaging and Thunderbird: why, and how David Ascher WTP
12:50 30' The Future of Enterprise Content Management Aleksander Farstad WTP
13:20 20' What's next Alexandru Balan WTP
13:40 1h Lunch n/a Darclee Restaurant (Hotel Sofitel)
14:40 20' Dell and Open Source Serban Zirnovan WTP
15:00 30' Active State and Komodo - Why we chose to make our product open source Shane Caraveo WTP
15:30 20' RedHat and the Open Source Business Model Dragos Manac WTP
15:50 10' 10 minutes Break n/a WTP hall
16:00 40' Google and the Open Web: Using Google APIs to improve your website Matthew "Chewy" Trewhella WTP
16:40 20' 20 minutes Coffee Break n/a WTP hall
17:00 60' A Panel Discussion about Open Business Models Versus Closed Business Models Moderator – Zak Greant
Brian King,
David Ascher,
Shane Caraveo,
Shane Coughlan,
Louis Suarez-Potts,
Microsoft representative
(will be announced)
18:00 10' Closing Plenary & Handover to eLiberatica Committee Lucian Savluc
Zak Greant
Andreea Maier
18:10 20' Partner events n/a Partners booths
18:30 1h 1h Break n/a n/a
19:30 2h eLiberatica Freedom & Networking Party n/a Restaurant
(will be announced)

eLiberatica 2008 Keynote Speakers

We have the pleasure to announce you the eLiberatica 2008 keynote speakers!
In alphabethical, we introduce you:

Adam Jollans

Worldwide Open Source Strategy Manager IBM
Adam Jollans
Adam Jollans is currently leading the worldwide Open Source & Linux strategy for IBM Software Group. This role covers a wide spectrum of activities, from understanding the market and working with customers, to developing IBM's Open Source & Linux software strategy, to briefing analysts and press.
He is based in Hursley, England, and has been involved with Linux since 1998. He joined IBM in 1984, and since then has worked in a range of technical, sales and marketing roles - most of them associated with PC and small systems hardware and software.
He graduated from the University of Cambridge, England in 1980 with a degree in Computer Science, and is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the British Computer Society.
Plenary speech:
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Aleksander Farstad

Co-founder and CEO, eZ Systems AS
Aleksander Farstad
Aleksander Farstad is the co-founder and CEO of eZ Systems AS, a Norwegian Enterprise Open Source company. Aleksander presented eZ and Open Source at eLiberatica last year. We are very pleased to have Aleksander back again bringing us this time the current trends in the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) market.
Aleksander has a unique perspective on FLOSS shaped by a background uncommon for an Open Source entrepreneur: mathematical finance and his early career as a derivatives trader at Oslo's Den norske Bank.
eZ system's major software is eZ Publish, an Open Source CSM that is used by thousands of companies worldwide, including prominent clients such as the United Nations, MIT, Vogue Australia, National Geographic, ELLE UK and Tribune De Geneve.
eZ Systems employs nearly 100 people spread across 8 offices in Europe and North America (including one Romanian in the Norwegian headquarters office), being a perfect example of an Open Source based business model.
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Alexandru Balan

Innovation Product Manager, BitDefender
Alexandru Balan
Alexandru Balan from BitDefender is a repeat offender at Eliberatica. He just switched from the position of Product Manager for UNIX/Linux based solutions to that of Product Manger for Innovation and he's here to continue on last year's topic: what's next to be done in the security industry.
Plenary speech:
What's next On: Saturday at 13:20 Lenght: 20 min.

Barbara Held

Seconded National Expert, European Commission, Brussels
Barbara Held
Barbara Held presently works as Detached National Expert at the European Commission Programme for "Interoperable Delivery of pan-European eGovernment Services (IDABC)". She is responsible for the IDABC projects promoting on Open Source Software (OSS) in public administration - including a project for a European OSS Repository (OSOR). She also coordinates the programme's activities on Open Document Exchange Formats.
Being a Desk Officer at the German Federal Ministry of the Interior in Berlin, Barbara Held formerly served at the German Government's Coordination and Advisory Board for IT in the Administration (KBSt), responsible for software strategy and OSS policy.
She holds a PhD in mass communication sciences from Free University Berlin.
Plenary speech:

Bill Dobie

Founder and Head of Business Development, Navarik Corp.
Bill Dobie
Bill Dobie founded Navarik Corp with his business partners in 2000, and received the Business in Vancouver magazine's "40 Under 40" award, recognizing important young entrepreneurs in British Columbia, in 2005.
Since the early '80's, Bill has been programming and using computers to drive his passion for technology that has continued throughout his business career. He has a particular interest in how companies use structured information and how to reduce dependence on email and information overload.
Bill is a major supporter of Open Source technology and constantly drives Navarik and it's customers to support and embrace these technologies.
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Bogdan Manolea

Executive Director, APTI Romania (The Association for Internet and Technology)
Founder and manager, www.legi-internet.ro
Bogdan Manolea
Bogdan has a legal background and extensive experience in Law and ITC as APTI Executive Director and owner of the only Romanian site dedicated to the Law and ITC (www.legi-internet.ro).
He is also a Creative Commons Romania Co- Legal Project Leader and a very active member of the Romanian IT community with insights into the burgeoning Romanian IT sector . He is also the author of many articles on ITC and the Law, an ardent supporter of Open Source and Free Software and a presenter in national and international conferences.
Bogdan's presentation at eLiberatica 2007 was a huge success and many people asked for a return engagement. And returning he is!
Plenary speech:

Brian King

Board of Directors, Mozdev Community Organization
Founder and manager, Briks
Brian King
Brian has been involved in the FLOSS community since 1999 working on both Open Source and proprietary software built on the Mozilla Application Platform. He is on the Board of Directors of the Mozdev Community Organization.
Brian runs Briks, a software company dedicated to helping clients develop and deploy Mozilla-based web applications. Briks' headquarters are in Slovenia with a global client base. Briks also provides opportunities to push Open Source in the business world.
As part of a distributed development model, he uses various OSS tools to collaborate with teams he works with. These includes bug tracking systems, mailing list software, and revision control systems.
Brian is a guest speaker at numerous conferences, including the XML Conference, LinuxWorld, and the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM).
Plenary speech:

Constantin Teodorescu

Constantin Teodorescu
Constantin Teodorescu is Secretary of State, Romanian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Mr. Teodorescu also holds management positions in several private sector companies and is involved in major IT projects. He is a noted guest speaker at many conferences on the applicability and advantages of open software and Linux OS.
A dedicated Open Source supporter, Mr. Teodorescu was involved in the development of PostgreSQL. His articles on the implementation of new technologies and alternative FLOSS solutions have been published in PC Magazine, BYTE Romania, PC Report and eWeek Romania.
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David Ascher

CEO, Mozilla Messaging (the latest Mozilla Foundation subsidiary)
Board of directors, Python Software Foundation
David Ascher
David Ascher is CEO of Mozilla Messaging, the new organization focused on email and Internet communications, and a strategic advisor to ActiveState.
David has been an active member of the Mozilla community since 2000, initially as the lead of Komodo, a Mozilla-based integrated development environment (IDE). He is an established leader in the open source community, including his role as a director of the Python Software Foundation.
He has taught courses about Python to corporations, in universities, and at conferences and co-wrote the two editions of Learning Python. Before joining Mozilla, he was managing director and chief technologist of the ActiveState unit during its ownership by Sophos, and most recently CTO and VP Engineering.
Or as David puts it: "I work for Mozilla on email. Before that I was the CTO and VP Engineering for ActiveState. Before that, I ran the ActiveState division of Sophos. Before that, I wrote code. Before that, I did science."
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Dragos Manac

Lead Operations, System & Network Solutions
Dragos Manac
Dragos Manac is Lead Operations at System & Network Solutions (SNS), a Romanian company representing Red Hat as a business partner and one of the first companies in Romania to offer dedicated services in the Linux/UNIX area. In the 6 years of activity SNS has done various projects, from video streaming and VoIP to web applications and HA/HPC clusters.
Dragos Manac is a Linux/OSS promoter, writes the Fiat Linux column in Academia Catavencu, and his blog, manac.ro, was chosen as the best Romanian business and technology blog in 2008.
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Eugen Rotariu

Eugen Rotariu
Eugen Rotariu is the CEO for IntegraSoft SRL, the company that is developing the Hermix Conferencing Framework. He is also CEO in Intelligent Building Solutions, a company dedicated to development of hardware and software solutions for intelligent houses.
In the past, Eugen Rotariu was lecturer at the Faculty of Informatics in the University Petru Maior Targu Mures and wrote articles for computers magazines like PC Report, Open IT and Byte.
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Felix Enescu

VP Consulting & EXP for Romania, KPC Group, Gartner, Inc. Representative
Felix Enescu
Felix Enescu is VP Consulting & EXP with KPC Group, Gartner Representative in Romania. Felix is also the President and founder of CIO Council, the only industry association representing the interests of corporate IT clients.
As a former Rompetrol CIO he was in charge with strategic planning and development of Information Systems in a corporation growing from turnover of 100M USD to 1B USD in two years.
He has more that 14 years of experience with vendors, clients and big consulting organizations.
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Humberto Moran

Humberto Moran
Humberto Moran is CEO of Open Source Innovation Ltd, a British charity devoted to the promotion of public knowledge in the form of Open Source Software.
Graduated as Computer Engineer in his home town Caracas, Venezuela, he undertook an MBA in Cambridge, UK (Judge Institute of Management Studies) and a Ph.D. in Business and International Economics in Spain (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). Humberto is also founder and director of Friendly Technologies, a British entrepreneurial venture specialised in privacy enhancing technologies; and is an RFID (radio-frequency identification) Expert for the European Commission.
Before founding Open Source Innovation, Humberto worked for the University of Cambridge in the Auto-ID Project; and occupied managerial positions in Lafarge Group, Oracle Corporation, Sistemas Abiertos and Unisys Corporation.
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Jani Monoses

Project Lead, Kiwi Linux
Jani Monoses
Jani has been a volunteer Ubuntu developer since 2005 and an occasional contributor to various projects, notably GNOME, Xfce and the Linux kernel. He started and lead the Xubuntu project, an official Ubuntu derivative aimed at less powerful computers, and later Kiwilinux, an Ubuntu derivative for Romanian and Hungarian users. Recently he has been working on getting the educational software made for the OLPC project's XO laptop packaged and available in Ubuntu.
As a member of Romanian Free Software Advocacy Group he has participated in several local events that promote FLOSS.
Jani also runs his own business, Startx. Startx does embedded software development on Linux and eCos, plus Ubuntu Linux consultancy and support.
Practical workshop:

Louis Suarez-Potts

Community Manager, OpenOffice.org / Sun Microsystems, Inc
Chair of the Community Council for OpenOffice.org
Louis Suarez-Potts
Louis Suárez-Potts is the longtime Community Manager and Chair of the Community Council for OpenOffice.org; he joined Sun Microsystems in 2007 and has led the OpenOffice.org community since 2000. The lead and co-lead of several projects and the primary spokesperson and representative of OpenOffice.org, Suárez-Potts also represents the project regarding OpenDocument format (ODF) matters, and is on the OASIS ODF Adoption Technical Committee and is a member of the ODF Alliance.
He speaks frequently on the ODF, OpenOffice.org, education and open source, and community development throughout the world. Suárez-Potts is currently working on several articles regarding open source development and education. He lives in Toronto and received his PhD from U.C. Berkeley.
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Lucian Savluc

eLiberatica Conference Chair
Lucian Savluc
Lucian is a Vancouver-based IT expert, specialized in user experience, product design and event planning. He is doing his best for promoting freedom, transparency and open culture in the IT community in general and in Romania in particular.
Lucian was born in Brasov (Romania) and emigrated to Canada with his family in 2003. In 2005, with the help of Zak Greant, he initiated a plan of setting up an IT conference in Romania promoting Open Source and Free Software technologies in the region. This is how eLiberatica was born.
Lucian and Zak share the eLiberatica 2008 Conference chair.

Martin Michlmayr

Open Source Community Expert, Hewlett-Packard Company
Martin Michlmayr
Martin has been involved in various free and open source software projects for well over 10 years. He acted as the leader of the Debian project for two years. In this role, he performed important organizational and coordination tasks within Debian. Martin works for HP as an Open Source Community Expert and acts as the community manager of FOSSBazaar.
Martin holds Master degrees in Philosophy, Psychology and Software Engineering, and earned a PhD from the University of Cambridge.
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Matthew "Chewy" Trewhella

Developer Advocate, Google Inc.
Matthew "Chewy" Trewhella
Chewy is a Developer Advocate at Google. His job is to make technical things accessible and relevant to non-technical people. He is particularly knowledgeable about Google's APIs and webmaster programmes. He's has a BEng in Software Engineering, and he's been with Google since November 2005. When he's not at work, he likes to play the banjo.
One of his latest keynotes (at Google Code Day) can be found here: " Programming Web".
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Radu Radulescu

Red Hat Certified Trainer, Red Hat Certified Engineer Romsym Data
Radu Radulescu
Radu Radulescu graduated The Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications, Computer System Engineering. He has been using Linux Operating System and training the administrating of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Operating System for a long time. He has got multiple international certifications; some of them are: Red Hat Certified Engineer, Red Hat Certified Instructor, Red Hat Certified eXaminer, VMware Certified Professional, Symantec Storage Foundation Technical Specialist.
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Remus Cazacu

Genaral manager, BIT Software
Remus Cazacu
In 1991, still a student, Remus Cazacu, together with 2 associates, founded an IT and networking company for hardware, networking and software sales and support.
Interested in computers, software development and economic theory, having a solid background in these areas, he starts in 1993 a new company, BIT Softtware, which develops and implements ERP/CRM, IT Service Management and Business Intelligence solutions. Remus is shareholder and CEO of the company.
In 2006, the company moves to open source technology and launches in Romania SocrateOpen, an integrated, open source ERP/CRM, powered by Compiere.
Remus is an economist, has graduated the Economic Sciences Faculty of Transylvania University Brasov. He taught economics at the Organizations Management Institute Brasov. He has a solid background in software development, organizational management, project management, and is part of various national and international projects.
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Serban Zirnovan

Enterprise Business Manager for Bulgaria and Romania, Dell
Serban Zirnovan
Serban Zirnovan is the Enterprise Business Manager for Romania and Bulgaria for local Dell representative office. With more than 14 years experience in IT&C industry, Serban was involved in several large projects as a system consultant and manager for IT system architecture for different Romanian companies. He's focused on server & storage infrastructure solution, but also on the recently launched Dell ProSupport services.
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Shane Caraveo

Head of Komodo development, ActiveState Software Inc.
Shane Caraveo
Shane is the chief dragon-wrangler for Komodo at ActiveState, an IDE developed in XUL, JavaScript and Python, on top of the Mozilla code base. With one foot in the world of dynamic languages, the other in more obscure efforts like writing debugger protocols or NPAPI plugins, he's always tackling big bad ugly problems. In years past, he worked extensively on PHP, making major contributions such as the port to Windows, the SAPI architecture and early SOAP implementations.
If you use or develop PHP applications on IIS, then the name Shane Caraveo is no stranger to you. Shane Caraveo wrote the first Win32 port of PHP back in the late 90's, and was also responsible for writing the first ISAPI and FastCGI modules for IIS, and also getting support for these modules committed to the PHP core. Shane's work has been instrumental in getting PHP to where it is today on the Windows / IIS platform. His legacy in the PHP arena is still talked about at Trekkie conventions.
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Shane Martin Coughlan

Freedom Task Force Coordinator, Free Software Foundation Europe
Shane Martin Coughlan
Shane is the coordinator of FSFE's Freedom Task Force legal project. He has given numerous talks on Free Software issues and delivered training courses throughout Europe as part of his role at the foundation. Shane was previously involved in lock-in analysis, open standards and practical ICT security as a consultant.
He was born in Dublin City, Republic of Ireland and moved to England for higher education. He studied English, Politics, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wolverhampton in the West Midlands and read for his MA at the University of Birmingham. His research during his MA was focused on security, and he produced a thesis on cybernetic warfare.
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Tiberiu Turbureanu

Project Coordinator, Liberty in Schools
Tiberiu Turbureanu
Tibi is a free software activist and spends a lot of time enjoying math, algorithms and programming.
His commitment to education and free software led Tibi to found and become actively involved in two student associations: in 2007 - ROSEdu, and in 2008 - ASSA. He contributed knowledge and code to the academic project Cobble and enthusiastically promoted the OLPC project in Romania. He initiated and is currently involved in the Liberty in Schools project.
Liberty in Schools actively promotes the free software philosophy and teaching Romanian students to effectively use and develop free software under GNU/Linux. Tibi is currently finishing his degree in Computer Science at University "Politehnica" of Bucharest.
Practical workshop:

Vassilis Boulogiorgos

Software Architect, Software Practice Leader Greece, Balkans & Adriatic Sea / Sun Microsystems Inc.
Vassilis Boulogiorgos
Vassilis is a Software Architect at Sun Microsystems Inc., covering 13 countries in the region of South Eastern Europe. He joined Sun Microsystems in 2005 and his role is to help customers craft solutions using Sun's own and other Open Source software. His core expertise is identity management systems for large telecommunication organizations and banks.
Before joining Sun, Vassilis worked as a senior Java developer for an independent Greek ISV, focusing on a content management system for the web. During his free time he enjoys riding his motorcycle for long, curvy rides.
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Zak Greant

eLiberatica Conference Co-chair
Board Observer, Open Source Initiative
License Compliance Lab Volunteer, Free Software Foundation
Zak Greant
Zak Greant is an electronic frontier advocate and strategist. In the last decade, he has worked with a variety of well-known Free Software and Open Source organizations, including the Free Software Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation, MySQL AB, the Open Source Initiative and the PHP project.
Zak is eLiberatica co-chair and one of the key people behind the Romanian Open Source and Free Software Initiative. Zak was a previous keynote speaker at eLiberatica (2007 keynotes: Free Software, Open Source and the Evolution of Communication, Building Careers with Free Software and Open Source, The Past, Present and Future of the Mozilla Foundation) and this year unpacks his well-traveled bags to share the latest on FLOSS, businesses and community participation.
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Zoli Herczeg

ISV Evangelist, Developer & Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Romania
Zoli Herczeg
Zoli is passionate about business intelligence, security and development processes. With an IT experience of 15 years, he was trainer, consultant and manager of a training & consulting company. Seeking to increase adoption of new technologies and raising the satisfaction of the Romanian architects, developers and IT professionals, Zoli is now one of the evangelists from Microsoft.
Blog: http://itboard.ro/blogs/zolis_tool
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Michael "Monty" Widenius (Canceled)

CTO and Co-founder MySQL AB
Michael "Monty" Widenius
Unfortunately, Monty can not come this year. He booked his tickets for Romania and prepared everything, but because some last family events (My, his daughter - the one who inspired the MySQL name - is having the graduation exactly when eLiberatica is scheduled) he can not participate. He is sending his regards to all eLiberatica friends and he is strongly promising that he will come at eLiberatica2009 instead.
For those who don't know yet, Monty was born in Helsinki where he founded TCX DataKonsult in 1978, specialized in data warehousing. Ten years latter, together with his colleague David Axmark, he began writing the first version of the MySQL database. In 2003 Monty was awarded the Software Entrepreneur of The Year by swbusiness.fi.
By January 2008, Sun Microsystems announced its intention to purchase MySQL for US $1 billion.

Ivan Krstic (Canceled)

Director of Security Architecture, One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Project
Ivan Krstic
Ivan Krstic is a software architect and researcher currently on leave from Harvard University, working as director of security architecture at One Laptop per Child, a non-profit organization trying to save the world by fixing education. He is paid to be paranoid, which he imagines some psychiatrists might find funny. Ivan enjoys breaking computers and making them hard to break even more so; at OLPC, he's been developing a security system designed to be both hard to break and easy to use. If this proves successful, a future version will make ice cream fall from the sky.
Ivan is deeply involved in open-source and free software, notably as a former administrator of the Ubuntu Server Team and co-author of the best-selling Official Ubuntu Book, and specializes in architecture and security of large distributed systems. He has consulted on both matters for some of the largest websites on the Internet. In 2007, MIT Technology Review named him one of the world's top innovators under the age of 35 for his work on the OLPC security platform, Bitfrost.

Keynotes Abstracts

In order of the schedule:

-- Day One --

Open Source Adoption Status: What statistics tell us

By: Felix Enescu On: Friday at 09:00
The Open Source Software model continues to mature across markets, attracting more conservative users along the way. It is becoming not only impractical, but virtually impossible, for mainstream IT organizations to ignore the growing presence of Open Source Software within major segments of the IT industry. Failure to optimally manage the potential risks and rewards of Open Source will put IT organizations at an increasingly serious risk in the coming years.

Understanding Free Software and Open Source Licensing

By: Zak Greant On: Friday at 09:30
This presentation will provide a simple and practical overview of the common business concerns relating Free Software and Open Source licensing such as:
* Can I sell Free Software?
* When I build software using Free Software, when must I share my source code?
* Is it safe to use Free Software inside my company?
* What are the common business models built around Free Software?
Major points in the presentation will be supported with examples from the business world.

Legal Aspects Related to a FLOSS-based Business Model

By: Bogdan Manolea On: Friday at 10:20
The presentation will focus first on some general aspects of a software-related business, then particular aspects of an OSS business model. Specifically: copyright principles in OSS, employee-employer relationship regarding intellectual property, confidentiality, OS licenses compatibility, twin licensing, alternative dispute resolution methods and the role of the trademark in a OSS business.

Open Source Software in Public Administrations - A Short Report from the European Level

By: Barbara Held On: Friday at 11:30
In the 1990's public administrations across Europe were among the early users of OSS (Open Source Software). The European Commission took up the issue around 2000. Since then it initiates, sponsors and manages projects that further OSS, investigate OSS usage and the benefits of using OSS for the Information Society at large.
The presentation explains the policy background of these activities and the main players and projects at the European level. In particular, the promotion of OSS by the IDABC program.

For the first time in Europe: Digital ID Providers and OpenID Services for Romania

By: Constantin Teodorescu On: Friday at 12:10
Are you part of the Government but your Ministry of Finance gives you very limited budgetary resources? You'd like to develop your eGovernment system and introduce more electronic services for citizens? And the means of electronic identification of users at the other side of the Internet are missing or have a very high cost? And the launch of the electronic ID card is delayed?
What can you do?
Easy! Open Google and search for "open source digital identity", click on "get lucky". You'll find the solution - Open ID.

Integrating Open Source into Your Business

By: Adam Jollans Part I on: Friday at 12:40 | Part II on: Friday at 16:40
Open Source offers customers many potential benefits such as flexibility and cost savings, but also potential challenges such as support, integration and maturity. Business and organisations are today frequently asking what their Open Source strategy should be.
IBM has a unique set of abilities and offerings to be able to help customers answer this question, because of its involvement with Open Source going back over 8 years, its integration of open source components into its commercial software offerings, and its experiences with Linux, Apache, Eclipse and many other open source projects.
This presentation will offer an understanding of the Open Source ecosystem, an insight into the benefits and challenges customers are experiencing with Open Source, an overview of IBM’s Open Source approach, and practical advice on how to integrate Open Source into customer businesses.

Open Source at Microsoft

By: Zoli Herczeg On: Friday at 13:10
Is Microsoft perceived as a challenge by the OSS community? If you think so, come and tell us why. We do want to understand your view and share our thoughts and plans on how Microsoft is working with the OSS community.
We do believe that challenges can be turned into opportunities for all of us.

Write the Future: Open Standards, Open Source, OpenOffice.org

By: Louis Suarez-Potts On: Friday at 14:40
Free and Open Source Software is essential to the modern informatic society. It is economically pivotal. But not everything claiming to be open is actually open. What counts is what one can do with the code and standard.
Over 70 different governmental bodies and countless corporations in Europe and around the world have chosen the OpenDocument Format and OpenOffice.org for what it does. And it is for these reasons that OpenOffice.org remains the best choice for today and tomorrow.

OpenSource and Sun: The OpenSolaris case

By: Vassilis Boulogiorgos On: Friday at 15:20
Sun has deep roots in Open Source software and recently has made it the core of it's software strategy. Solaris has significant momentum as the platform of choice for organizations and developers and the duo Solaris/OpenSolaris are key players in Sun's Open Source strategy.
At this talk, we present and discuss how Sun approaches Solaris and some of the key characteristics, innovations and eventually differentiators Solaris has brought into the market, like containers, Solaris ZFS filesystem and Dynamic Tracing (Dtrace). We also discuss how these features in Solaris AMP (Solaris + Apache, MySQL, PHP) application development stack take to a whole different level the daily work of a software developer.

Open Source Software Middleware for "The Internet of Things" - Project ASPIRE

By: Humberto Moran On: Friday at 15:40
The EC-funded OSS ASPIRE (Advanced Sensors and lightweight Programmable middleware for Innovative RFID Enterprise Applications) aims to create an innovative, programmable, royalty-free, lightweight and privacy-friendly middleware for the Radio Frequency Identification Technology, or RFID. This new middleware paradigm will be particularly beneficial to European SME, which are nowadays experiencing significant cost-barriers to RFID deployment. It will also protect consumers by incorporating privacy-friendly algorithms. The synergies between the OS movement and the RFID revolution are paramount, and were first presented by Open Source Innovation Ltd, a British charity, during the 2006 Public RFID Consultation held by the European Commission.
The initiative, which crystallized in the €6M ASPIRE, brings together a consortium of ten renowned European partners led by Aalborg University (Denmark).

SocrateOpen, after two years

By: Remus Cazacu On: Friday at 16:00
Having a long experience in commercial business software development and implementation, BIT Software moves in 2004 to open source technology and launches on the Romanian market SocrateOpen, an open source ERP/CRM system based on Compiere platform.
The presentation will include the following topics: • Open source in the business application arena • Why a company which developed commercial solution chooses to move to open source? • Which is the adoption level of open source business software in Romania? • Who is SocrateOpen/Compiere after two years from the launch? • SocrateOpen&Compiere characteristics, innovations, and differentiators compared to commercial ERP systems. • Can the open source model be a success model? •

An Open Source client application for the Hermix Conferencing Framework

By: Eugen Rotariu On: Friday at 16:20
econference.ro will launch in the near future a free conference service dedicated to private, non commercial users. The service will be integrated with the software developed for intelligent houses, and will be based on an open source client application capable to communicate with Hermix Conferencing Servers.
The presentation will focus on the structure of the open source application and will invite the auditorium to download the source code and implement its own conferencing client customized for any non-commercial applications.

Practical Workshop 1: Kiwi, a Linux Distribution Based on Ubuntu and Made for Romanians

By: Jani Monoses On: Friday at 17:30
Kiwi Linux is an Ubuntu derivative specifically targeting beginners and Romanian users, with emphasis on ease of setup and use.
With a live install and demo running in the background, the presentation will cover the history and the goals of the project, its relation to Ubuntu, the main differences between Ubuntu and the local developer community around Kiwi, together with inside on tips and tricks in installing and using it.

Practical Workshop 2: FLOSS Software Alternatives to Everyday Applications

By: Tiberiu Turbureanu On: Friday at 18:00
This live demo will show that most of the common tasks for home and office desktop use work out of the box in a fresh Kiwi install. We'll present the simplicity of installing new applications from the central Ubuntu archives for activities that are not covered in the default installation.
The following topics will be covered briefly by demo'ing the existing applications: web browsing, mail, instant messaging, VoIP, multimedia, office suite, vector, bitmap and 3D graphics, interoperability with Windows computers and emulation of Windows applications.

-- Day Two --

Introducing itTraning - Red Hat Training Center

By: Radu Radulescu On: Saturday at 09:00
Training and certification from Red Hat ensures that your IT staff is ready for complete Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments. We can help you identify who in your IT staff requires training and what level of training they need.
Radu will talk about the following Red Hat courses: Red Hat Linux Essentials, Red Hat Linux System Administration + RHCT, RHCT Certification Exam, Red Hat Linux Networking and Security, RHCE "Rapid Track" course, RHCE Certification Exam, Red Hat Linux Essentials for Windows Professionals.

Strategic Implementation of Free Software in Business

By: Shane Martin Coughlan On: Saturday at 09:20
Shane will discuss how Free Software has become a key paradigm in software technology and is expected to account for up to 32% of the European software industry by 2010. He proposes, therefore, that understanding the licensing and philosophy of Free Software is critical to assuring effective engagement in mainstream ICT.
His speech focuses on the assertion that the successful strategic implementation of Free Software includes understanding subtle differences in policy, processes and management planning when compared to proprietary software, and an awareness of emerging trends in the Free Software community.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

By: Brian King On: Saturday at 10:00
The large corporations that churn out the best selling consumer proprietary software get all the attention. Yet the real heroes are the the FLOSS communities and individuals that provide the backbone for the industry, quietly enabling and securing the Internet and other areas of computing. The mantra of Open Source developers is "there is more than one way to do it", and choosing the right tools and technologies from the FLOSS patchwork can be daunting. The best software tools don't get in the way, but rather enable.
This talk will focus on the benefits of using FLOSS in your business, how it can fast-track you into a good position, and most importantly how if can help you innovate and turn your ideas into a success.

Governing the Use of Open Source

By: Martin Michlmayr On: Saturday at 10:30
Free and Open Source Software has become unavoidable. For very pragmatic and practical reasons, FLOSS provides incredible benefit to those who use it. However, if this software is not managed properly, it can lead to legal, technical, and/or organizational discomfort that can result in very negative impacts on the business. HP (Hewlett-Packard) recognized these realities long ago and has developed processes, tools, and expertise to both foster and govern the use of Open Source Software within the company. In January, HP launched two initiatives related to the governance of FLOSS, FOSSology and FOSSBazaar. FOSSology is an open source tool for license detection. FOSSBazaar is a workgroup of the Linux Foundation, with partners such as OpenLogic and the Olliance Group, to share and discuss best practices related to FLOSS governance.
This talk will describe our experiences and learnings around FLOSS governance and some of the best practices and tools we've identified along the way.

Enterprise Information Networks Using FLOSS Technologies - The Navarik Story

By: Bill Dobie On: Saturday at 11:30
For over seven years Navarik has SaaS based services within some of the largest corporations in the world. The Navarik Platform provides an information network for all parties engaged in the physical movement and trading of cargo by using, creating and supporting bilateral and industry standards. Navarik has unique experience in using open source application development as a way to collect data for large industrial customers who are using proprietary or commercial data systems internally.
Our application infrastructure is built on a range of open source tools such as the Linux operating system, Apache web server, PostgreSQL relational database, and PHP scripting language.
Bill will be talking about the early stage and current challenges of selling FLOSS based applications to customers with significant proprietary architectures. He will also be discussing various ways to convince customers to deploy FLOSS systems as SaaS additions to their overall architecture and ways to satisfy the ever increasing compliance and architecture review processes of large corporate customers.

Mozilla Messaging and Thunderbird: Why and How

By: David Ascher On: Saturday at 12:10
In this talk, David Ascher will give an introduction to Mozilla Messaging, the new Mozilla company focused on email and Internet communications, and the Thunderbird email program it produces. David will talk about the organization of the Mozilla project, why we create products like Firefox and Thunderbird, and how millions of people around the world contribute to the shared goal of an open, vibrant Internet.
He will touch on areas such as decentralized innovation, communities of participation, building business relationships which are aligned with the public benefit, and the structural trade-offs that result from an open organization.

The Future of Enterprise Content Management

By: Aleksander Farstad On: Saturday at 12:50
CEO and Co founder Aleksander Farstad of eZ Systems, discusses the current trends in the ECM market and why the enterprise open source business model is already playing a key role in turning the business upside down.
The presentation also focuses how Open Source and open source based business models are playing a vital role in shaping the future of the software business.

What's next

By: Alexandru Balan On: Saturday at 13:20
The abstract will be added soon.

Dell and Open Source

By: Serban Zirnovan On: Saturday at 14:40
Several years ago, when the world was ruled by paper, data was EVERYWHERE … in file cabinets, in massive back offices … and only certain people were allowed to access it. Then, as things progressed, mainframes were used to bring all data into one place … to make it easier to manage and find. The problem was that mainframes were really expensive and inefficient. Only the elite could afford them. Today, we might think we have the best of both worlds … we’ve got all kinds of access to any type of data we want. Plus, we can share it whenever and however we see fit. However, data is once again … EVERYWHERE! We’ve gone back to where we started.
This data explosion is the primary catalyst for all storage problems today. We’ll also discuss how virtualization allows you to tap into unused capacity hidden within the assets they already own. Virtualization also offers a way for you to reclaim IT resources that are currently being used to maintain inflexible and resource consuming infrastructures.

Active State and Komodo - Why we chose to make our product open source

By: Shane Caraveo On: Saturday at 15:00
ActiveState has a long history of being involved with and contributing to Open Source projects, especially around Dynamic Languages. We build value added commercial software and services on top of Open Source languages and components. Our most recent contribution, however, is a first of it's kind for ActiveState. We took a proprietary product we developed over many years, Komodo Edit, and released it as Open Source software.
In the process we've learned a few things, had some successes, and some failures. In this talk I'll cover some of our strategies around commercial Open Source software and why we choose to open source Komodo. I'll also discuss the area's where we've had wonderful successes and what kind of problems we've encountered.

RedHat and the Open Source Business Model

By: Dragos Manac On: Saturday at 15:30
RedHat is the world largest Linux and Open Source provider for the Enterprise. In the last 15 years Red Hat was the pioneer in blending free software with successful commercial models.
Linux based services at the high standards of enterprise customers created a solid company, a way of earning from Linux/OSS and the financial resources that were invested in the sustained development of the biggest OSS projects.

Google and the Open Web: Using Google APIs to Improve Your Website

By: Matthew "Chewy" Trewhella On: Saturday at 16:00
The Internet has undergone a shift in the last few years: the rapid growth of web applications has opened up a new and exciting space for developers. At Google, we're really excited about the growth of web apps because we think it provides an open, fast and easy way for developers to have greater reach, for webmasters to get great content, and for users to access powerful, useful tools.
This talk will explore some of Google's efforts in this space, including how developers can use tools like OpenSocial and the Google Maps API to build better websites and to take advantage of the Programmable Web.

A Panel Discussion about Open Business Models Versus Closed Business Models

By: Multiple panelists On: Saturday at 17:00
Moderator – Zak Greant (eLiberatica Conference Co-chair)
Participants: Brian King (Mozdev Community Organization), David Ascher (Mozilla Messaging; Python Software Foundation), Shane Caraveo (ActiveState Software Inc.), Shane Martin Coughlan (Free Software Foundation Europe), Louis Suarez-Potts (OpenOffice.org), Zoli Herczeg (Microsoft) and Alexandru Muscalu (Microsoft).

Due to factors outside our control, the keynote speakers list and/or the schedule are subject to change. Any kind of change is going to be reflected under this section as soon as possible.


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