Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Penguins in Tel Aviv? It Must Be the Annual Open-Source Convention

Filed under
OSS

Israel, where I live, is known for its large number of high-tech startups. But when I moved here in 1995, Linux and the idea of open source software was virtually unknown, even among programmers. It was thus a delight to spend this (Friday) morning with 250-300 other open-source advocates, at the annual "August Penguin" conference -- and to see several dozen hands go up when a conference organizer asked how many people worked at a job that allowed them to work with open-source software.

This was the seventh August Penguin conference, sponsored by the Israeli open-source advocacy group, HaMakor ("the source"), and co-sponsored by a number of other organizations, ranging from the Israeli branch of the Internet Society, to small companies servicing the open-source sector, to Microsoft.

Yes, you read that right: Microsoft was a major sponsor of the conference.

More Here




More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Software

today's howtos

Leftovers: Gaming

Can Marten Mickos make 'Linux for the cloud' work for HP?

Hewlett-Packard didn’t just buy cloudy startup Eucalyptus Systems to build its fledgling OpenStack cloud biz, it also bought Marten Mickos, the firm’s Finnish CEO. HP isn’t the first to pay for Mickos' expertise - that was Sun Microsystems, when it acquired his venture previous venture, MySQL AB, for $1bn in 2008. Read more