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Press Release: April 3, 2009

O'Reilly Open Source Convention Reveals Program and Opens Registration: OSCON 2009 Open for Business

Sebastopol, CA, April 3, 2009 — Open source offers business a lifeline to economic survival, even as the economy crashes and companies flounder. The O'Reilly Open Source Convention shows the power of open source to help businesses rise above the competition in this daunting economic climate. Open source continues to thrive and grow because the open source community continues to find better ways, particularly to increase ease of use and lower the cost of deployment, to save technology costs in your organization. OSCON is the premier place to learn the latest advances and connect with leaders in this community. Registration has opened for the 11th OSCON, scheduled for July 20-24, 2009 in the new location of the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The early registration period, lasting until June 2, offers advance savings.

Program Chairs Allison Randal and Edd Dumbill reviewed almost 800 proposals in order to plan the conference around tracks for Linux, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, Java, Mobile, Databases, Desktop Applications, Web Applications, Administration, Security, People, Business, and Emerging Topics.

Some of the more than 200 confirmed sessions and featured speakers include:

  • "Building a Business on Open Source Distributed Computing" by Bradford Stephens of Visible Technologies
  • "Building a Corporate Blog Portal Using WordPress MU" by Dan York of Voxeo Corporation
  • "Linux Filesystem Performance for Databases" by Selena Deckelmann of PostgreSQL Project
  • "Email Hates the Living!" by Ricardo Signes of code simply
  • "Grokkin' Design" by Jon Tan of OmniTI
  • "Bureaucrats, Technocrats and Policy Cats: How the Government Is Turning to Open Source, and Why" by Deborah Bryant and Greg Lund-Chaix of Oregon State University Open Source Lab, Bjorn Freeman-Benson of DemocracyLab, E. John Sebes of Open Source Digital Voting Foundation, and Greg Elin of Sunlight Foundation
  • "Hacking the Open Government" by John Mark Walker of CollabNet, Kevin Marks of Google, Silone Bonewald of League of Technical Voters, and Ilan Rabinovitch of GeekPAC
  • "Transparent Sharing of Complex Data with YAML" by Ingy döt Net of Socialtext
  • "The Future of Filesystems and Storage" by Theodore Ts'o of Linux Foundation
  • "The Bee: UNICEF's Portable Infrastructure for Emergency Communications" by Seth Herr of UNICEF
  • "What Has Worked: around the World" by Louis Suarez-Potts of Sun Microsystems/
  • "Hacking Rakudo Perl" by Patrick Michaud of
  • "PHP: The Good Parts" by Chris Shiflett of OmniTI
  • "Building Compilers with the Parrot Compiler Toolkit" by Patrick Michaud of
  • "Implementing Privacy: OAuth and Token Madness" by Evan "Rabble" Henshaw-Plath of
  • "Security without Disruption: Ksplice Kernel Updates" by Jeff Arnold of Ksplice, Inc.
  • "How Green Is Our City? The Urban Forest Mapping Project" by Kelaine Vargas of Urban Forest Map
  • "Building a Highly Scalable, Open Source, Twitter Clone" by Dan Diephouse of MuleSource

OSCON welcomes everyone passionate and curious about open source, including developers and programmers, designers, sys admins, hackers and geeks, enterprise developers and managers, IT managers and CxOs, entrepreneurs, activists, trainers, and educators.

Past OSCON sponsors and exhibitors included Intel, Microsoft, Sun, Google, BT, IBM, Yahoo, Zimbra, Atlassian Software, Disney, EnterpriseDB, Etelos, Ingres, Jaspersoft, Kablink, Linagora, Mindtouch, Mozilla, Novell, Open Invention Network, OpSource, RightScale, Silicon Mechanics, Tenth Planet, Ticketmaster, VoiceRoute, White Oak Technologies, and Xaware.

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