The Open Source Paradigm Shift - What I Really Said

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Tim O'Reilly
Jul. 10, 2003 01:56 PM

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It's always sobering to read blogs and summaries of talks I give. I see what got through and what didn't, and how hard it is to get my ideas concise enough. While I'm flattered to be blogged at all, I also worry that people reading the blogs will dismiss the argument if all they read are the fragmentary reports of people trying to capture a complex talk in real time.

The best summary of the keynote talk I gave at the Open Source Conference in Portland yesterday is actually Rob Macmillan's interview for eWeek. While it wasn't actually a report on the talk, I made all the same points in the interview. The difference is that Rob had it on tape, and so had the time to get down all the details.

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media Inc. Considered by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world, O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, Strata: The Business of Data, the Velocity Conference on Web Performance and Operations, and many others. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim is also a partner at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, O'Reilly's early stage venture firm, and is on the board of Safari Books Online, PeerJ, Code for America, and Maker Media, which was recently spun out from O'Reilly Media. Maker Media's Maker Faire has been compared to the West Coast Computer Faire, which launched the personal computer revolution.

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