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O'Reilly Network: Open Source Convention: Keynotes & Announcements

Jul 22, 2000, 19:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frank Willison)

"Wednesday was certainly a day of big news here at the Open Source Convention. Sun's announcement of the release of StarOffice under the GPL was momentous. ...there was the usual mix of relief and skepticism among open source advocates that accompanies licensing announcements, however well-intentioned, from Sun. In this case, there seemed to be grudging respect for what Sun is doing."

"There was even more buzz, however, about the new plan for Perl development announced by Larry Wall in his "State of the Onion" address. Larry announced the establishment of working groups on various topics that would replace the "porters" concept in use up to this point. There was lots of emotion surrounding this announcement; the people involved in perl5porters are among the most loyal and most dedicated members of the Perl community, and this announcement will change the way they can be involved with the development of Perl 6."

"Andy Herzfeld's keynote address linked the development of the Apple II and the Macintosh with the hacker culture and the current interest in open source development. Andy, a principal at Eazel and a former member of both the Apple II and Macintosh development team, is uniquely qualified to make this insight."

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