Red Hat Headlines Southern California Linux Expo

Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading
provider of open source solutions, and the Fedora Project, a Red
Hat sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration
project, today announced they will deliver a keynote address and
additional presentations at the eighth annual Southern California
Linux Expo. SCALE is one of the largest Linux conferences
in the region, attracting enterprise and industry professionals
along with smaller businesses, non-profit industries and Linux

Red Hat is a
successful business that seeks to act as an effective catalyst in
communities not only in open source software, but also in
education, government, the law, business and social activism. Red Hat’s
Karsten Wade, senior community architect, will deliver the keynote
address entitled “Being a Catalyst in Communities – The
Scientific Facts About the Open Source Way.” Wade will outline a
specific set of guidelines for practicing the open source way in
communities. This includes detailing a short guide “The Open
Source Way: Creating and Nurturing Communities of Contributors,”
which is an open, community-written guide for following the open
source way in any type of community building effort. While there
are other books written on how communities are successful, this
guide presents a new opportunity for a solution-driven community
handbook written by the communities it serves.

Open source
exists in tension with the country-specific system of intellectual
property law that underlies it. In his SCALE session entitled
“Improving the Open Source Legal System,” Red Hat’s Richard
Fontana, open source licensing and patent counsel, will argue that open
source can be usefully regarded as a distinct international system
of property rights transfer masquerading as a form of copyright
licensing, based not on statutes or court decisions but on norms
of code sharing practices that are rooted in developer custom and
tradition. Fontana will argue that the predictability surrounding
open source licensing should be enhanced by achieving better
community understanding, and legitimization, of this
tradition-based legal system, and by developing better means of
dispute resolution.

Fedora will also host a Fedora Activity Day (FAD)
at SCALE on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. During this mini-conference,
the Fedora Ambassador team will focus on preparing the Fedora
Project/ joint mentoring organization for the upcoming
2010 Google Summer of Code. Team members will create process and
how-to content, find and solve mentor problems, and educate the
wider and Fedora projects about how participation is
conducted this year. The work prepares the organization for
improving capacity for more students and mentors even beyond the
Summer of Code efforts.

Participating in the Summer of Code has already
brought Fedora and JBoss improved project infrastructure, new
software and new associates for Red Hat, and strengthened ties
with existing contributors and upstream projects. It has made the
projects more efficient, provided valuable mentor training and
contributed to open source solutions in new areas. For example, is a community translation tool and open source
business that started as a Summer of Code project in the Fedora
Project, and now provides the back-end for Fedora translations as well
as hundreds of other open source projects.



8th Annual Southern
California Linux Expo

    Westin Hotel LA Airport, Los Angeles


  • Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, 9:00 a.m. – 6:30
p.m. PST
Activity Day, Kennedy Room
    • Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Being a Catalyst in Communities – The
Scientific Facts About the Open Source Way, Karsten Wade

    • Sunday,
Feb. 21, 2010, 4:30-5:30 p.m. PST
    Improving the Open Source Legal System,
Richard Fontana


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