Openmind 2006 conference is being organized once again on 24th and 25th of October by COSS in Tampere, Finland. I will be there to blog and to check out the speaker lineup, including people from Google, Trolltech, IBM, Wikimedia, Magnatune, Liferay, Novell, CSIR and Nokia.
I will also participate in the informal round table about Open Media on closing day. Along with the expected Open Source and Open Content themes, Web 2.0 will be one of the central themes this year. Open Source has enabled a lot of innovation in the Web 2.0 spectrum. The whole idea of software as a service (or eternal beta) is also different from software as a distribution.
This is challenging open source licensing schemes that try to preserve freedom. if you run a service, you are not distributing a copy of your software, yet you can have a huge ammount of users. Effectively the GPL enables you to customize Open Source code to your own needs. The license only forces you to distribute your modifications if you distribute the source code to third parties. It doesn’t limit your ability to offer it as a service. If you make modifications to the software and gather a huge ammount of users, you don’t have to release your modifications. As more and more software you use resides on the web as a service, this effectively changes the rules of the game.
We have setup a service called OpenmindSpace that aggregates blog posts, Flickr images and del.icio.us links, as we did at EU eLearning conference and ITK conference this year. If you are coming to the conference, register your blog at OpenmindSpace to find likeminded people and participate in the conversation.