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Wizards of OS #1: Open Sources and Free SoftwareJun 29, 1999, 18:00 (1 Talkback[s])
July 16 - 17, 1999
The rise of free software -- notably GNU/Linux -- is the most astonishing recent development in the computer world. The consequences can hardly be forseen. Is the Linux boom ringing in the sell-out of free software? Or are we now witnessing the challenging of information capitalism which is based on "intellectual property"? Is a truly new economy taking shape or is open source simply the software business model of the flexible service society?
Whether free software is only about the freedom of programming code, or -- as GNU founder Richard M. Stallman puts it -- also about the question what kind of society we want to live in, is the subject of the conference "Wizards of OS" that will take place on July 16 and 17, 1999 in the House of Worlds Cultures in Berlin. Wizards of OS #1 is the first event in Germany to focus on the culture, philosophy, politics and economics of free software. The overriding theme is: Free software between a social movement and the market economy. Two worlds meet. In the encounter of cooperative and corporate cultures, there is more at stake than the question of who is developing the better software.
The Wizards of OS offer presentations and public discussions on the following subjects:
This will be followed by presentations of companies that do business with free software: the Linux distributor SuSE, medium-sized Linux support firms such as Lunetix and Innominate, the publishing house O'Reilly, the commercial software company Intershop that offers its eCommerce solutions under Linux, the daily newspaper "die tageszeitung" that is being produced on a Linux-based editorial system, the equipment maker for building materials, process engineering and wood processing technology Babcock that utilizes Linux in its networks, and Apple and Sun that have recently begun to allow people to peek into their source code.
May the Source be with you!
one day DM 30 / two days DM 50
In order to register, please make over the fee to: mikro e.V., Berliner Sparkasse, Account No. 720007038, Intn'l Bank Code (BLZ) 100 500 00, purpose "WOS" and send an e-mail with your name and registration to: firstname.lastname@example.org
financial organization and execution:
mikro e.V. -- Institute for Computer Science, Working Group for Computer Science in Education & Society of Humboldt University Berlin -- Institute for Aesthetics of Humboldt University Berlin -- Center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM), Karlsruhe
in cooperation with:
Berliner Senatsverwaltung fuer Wirtschaft und Betriebe -- Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe -- Oracle Deutschland GmbH -- O'Reilly Verlag Deutschland - - Intershop Communications GmbH -- Technologiestiftung Berlin/Protime -- Midat Maerkische Informatik & Datentechnik GmbH -- Lehmanns Fachbuchhandlung GmbH -- V2_Lab, Rotterdam
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