I’m tired this morning after a long week at OSCON, so my ability to understand and summarize the Friday plenary sessions is diminished. As such, what follows won’t be terribly useful to anyone.
Chris DiBona (Google, Inc.)
Google crawled 40 million files in Google Code to generate statistics on what’s in there. Lines of code and numbers of commits are not the most useful of metrics but that’s what they have to use.
The Gnu General Public License is the most used license, at over 50%. Of those, more than half have moved to GPL version 3. Perl has declined a bit, but C has the most use, at about 40%.
Many companies are committing code, too.
Sam Adams (City of Portland, Oregon)
Last September, Portland adopted one of the first Open Source policies in the nation. They’ve committed themselves to open software, open data, and Open Source in the procurement process for software.
It’s pretty cool when a politician gets it.
Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum (CSC))
Simon started with a recap of the talk he gave last year, which showed correlations between the ubiquity and certainty. All technologies follow the same curve, from having both low ubiquity and certainty up to having both high ubiquity and certainty. The stages tend to be the innovation of a technology, the productization, and finally the comoditization.
The basic idea was that the cloud, as it is known, is still in its infancy. As it matures, we will see innovations built on it at an accelerated rate. If we don’t pay attention to it, we’ll be left behind.
Well defined processes stifle innovation.
Projects or teams can be organized by lifecycle: innovation, leverage, and commoditize. This circles back on itself. When one thing is commoditized, a new innovation can be built on top of it.