Computer programming is an art form. The best artists have always used their skills to benefit humanity.
Open Source projects are pervasive these days. If you visit a website, chances are the webserver being used is Apache, the operating system for that machine is Linux, and there are web programs written in Perl.
Without projects like these, some of the more successful and ruthless companies would have an even tighter stranglehold on how we all use computers.
These are photos of some of the people who attended the 5th anual O'Reilly Open Source conference. Many of these people have helped to create computer languages, programs, or companies that have had far reaching effects.
Even if you're not a geek, the work done by the Open Source community has probably benefitted you in more ways then you know.
Julian Cash took the photos, cleaned images where needed, and created the XML document for Spider Eyeballs.
Cory Bennett did half the work at the event (and lots afterwords). He did a complete rewrite of the Spider Eyeballs image gallery program. It's now a fully viable kick ass open source XML based Image Gallery tool (written in perl). It can create flat HTML files or be fully cgi driven. It has database support and it's template based. If you're intrested in trying it out, click here.
Editing/photo picking was done by:
The painter Loree
Sweet Jackie Jack
Also, bushels of thanks go to Elaine Ashton, Nathan Torkington, and the Sisters Wall. They helped a lot in tons of ways. They're also awesome people.
O'Reilly Conference coverage
Other sites with photos of the conference:
Photos by DiBona
Photos by dudle
Photos by Buglet
Photos on brians.org
You can also look at the Photos Julian took last year.
All of these photographs were taken at the The 5th Anual O'Reilly Open Source Conference. Every person who was photographed in the studio is represented in this collection."I'm the photographer who took the photos you've been looking at. Well, except I didn't take this one. I'm also an actual certified programmer/geek."
"I've been doing large infrastructure for large companies for fifteen years: it is a crock that it needs to be proprietary", Moore said. He is the Executive Director of Enterprise Application Infrastructure for Morgan Stanley and Company where they need, as he put it, "real working systems [...] software so damn good it just keeps on working." For businesses that depend on software for daily operations he sees funding open source as a way to bypass all of the middle men and give all the money directly to the developer. He also had something to say about giving back to the community. "If we develop a piece of software and it does not give us a commercial advantage, releasing it reduces support risk and cost."
Active STATE is responsible for making Perl available on the Microsoft Windows environment.
"Why do so many otherwise intelligent people look for answers to serious questions in systems purely of their own devising, which are able to prove on their own terms that they don't even have them? Mathematics, logic, science: they're useful servants, but exceptionally bad masters."
I've always been amazed, in fact, at how much people "let go" at mardi gras and how much of a yearly catharthis it is for them. The quote, "I'm not wearing a bra. That's not something I'd ever do except at Mardi Gras..." rings in my head from a woman who upon further questioning was found to be a self-professed devout christian (of some variety that escapes me these years later) and who felt the freedom to let go only once a year, in one special place. The difference is that Burning Man is theoretically safe -- safe in that everyone has almost signed a pact -- no matter what we do here, we'll be considerate of our fellow person.
While eating dinner at TPC2, I was talking about my attempt to register perlguy.com. I said "some bastard already registered perlguy.com". The guy next to me said "Hey, I'm that bastard!". We ended up writing a book together. I was stuck with perlguy.net."I did a PhD in Computer Science at University of Washington in High Performance Computing (HPC). I moved into database and distributed applications in 1999 to be a part of a larger community. I'm currently doing consulting and building distributed, database system with open source technology (J2EE) as the infrastructure.
"I like traveling. I've lived in 8 different states/countries for a minimum of 2 years in my span of 35 years of living, including 2 foreign countries. If we count the cities, the number of places increases by 50% to 12, and the minimum time decreases to 1 year (meaning I lived in 12 places, each at least for a year over the last 35 years), giving an average of 2.92 years per place.
"I recently spent 3 weeks in China where my latest consulting job took me. 1 week in Beijing and 2 weeks in Changchun speaking through a translator about J2EE and open source tools.
"I became interested in the open source community through a friend and colleague, Rex Jakobovits, PhD, CEO of Vivalog, Inc, a web-based picture archiving communications system software development and ASP firm in medical informatics. The WIRM (Web Interfacing Repository Manager) system is perl- based. I worked on the internals, porting and customizing WIRM to IBM AIX and Oracle for a major credit card company to manage their metadata.
And he was right. His motivation was, perhaps, to make bigger Perl conferences, or he likes Perl doing well, or something like that. But in actual fact he was right, so that sort of galvanized the meeting. He said "I don't care what you do, but you gotta do something big." And then he went away.
Don't misunderstand me. This was the most perfectly planned tantrum you have ever seen. If any of you know Jon, he likes control. This was a perfectly controlled tantrum. It was amazing to see. I was thinking, "should I get up and throw mugs too?"
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"When you hit a wall in development it's often time to ask not whether you've got the right answer, but whether you're asking the right question."
The Cathedral and the Bazaar
"Perl is quirky, fun, and creative. It attracts people who are also quirky, fun, and creative."
"If anything, we now have Larry with his mouth full of "P6 pie", and he's having a hard time swallowing it all, but people are already offering him seconds."
"I normally dream full-colour films - with credits."
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