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First Open Source Conference 'Wizards of OS' in Berlin

Aug 19, 1999, 12:40 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Fred Mobach for this report. ]


The German magazine c't has published on their website a story on the First Open Source Conference 'Wizards of OS' in Berlin, held at July 16 and 17, 1999.

Some citations :

Open Source has become the magic word in computer science. A two-day meeting in Berlin was the opening event to the 'Wizards of OS' conference series discussing the role of Open Source software between markets and social development.

Volker Grassmuck of Mikro e.V. explains the conference's background: Open Source is not only about software industry making source codes available, it's also about Internet-related higher development speeds which leave the term 'intellectual property' meaning exclusive use in general open for discussion. Approaches like the Gutenberg project [2] go far beyond software in their attack on copyrights, copyright legislation and the general thought of 'this is mine' or 'this is property of XY,inc.'

The important thing about Open Source or free software is neither that you get the programs with their source codes nor that they are free (of charge). What's most important is that you are allowed to modify the source code without restrictions to customize a program to your own needs or get rid of problems and that you can then pass the modified program on under the same conditions which applied to the original version.

I hope you like the story.


Fred Mobach

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