As services and software start to move more and more into the cloud–the emerging domain of service providers hosting not just storage or virtual machines, but the actual code for web applications–some very interesting question arise:
- How does sharing code become easier?
- How can you provide developers maximum control over their creations?
- How will source code licenses work?
- How will the next generation of platform providers balance between security and confidentiality of their developer/users on the one hand, and the increased value that many developers place on using open systems?
These are the kind of questions that my company Bungee Labs is wrestling with, and I recently took a stab at presenting some of our current, early thinking in this area in my presentation at Socal Linux Expo.
The presentation was received quite well by the audience of some 30 people, so I took the time to assemble the slides and audio, and stitch them together with some screencast videos
Since SCaLE is a Free Software-friendly event, the image is linked to a Theora (.ogg) video file.
Run time: 55:51
If the file sizes are inconvenient for you, my apologies. I don’t have the best of video editing/encoding facilities at my disposal.
Please let me know if you find any issues in getting or viewing the video. Also, I am very interested in feedback regarding our current thinking regarding licensing.
- Bungee Connect Terms & Agreements
- SaaS Loophole References & Relevant Reading:
- “Open Source Licenses are Obsolete” , Tim O’Reilly, August 01, 2006
- “The GPL Has No (Networked) Future”, Bryan Richard, March 29, 2007
- “The GPL and Software as a Service”, Tim O’Reilly, July 12, 2007
- “GPL v3 Not a Concern For Google”, Sean Michael Kerner, March 29, 2007
- GNU General Public License 3 (GPLv3)
- GNU Affero General Public License 3 (AGPLv3)
- Lock-in Considerations