Open Source Business Conference Shows What's Now, What's Next, What's Starting and What's Legal in Open Source

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Jan. 17, 2006— Open Source Business Conference, LLC today announced the conference schedule for Open Source Business Conference(TM) (OSBC(R)), the premier event for open source software and business. The conference will consist of four tracks that focus on: how to leverage open source into a business; understanding and mitigating open source legal risks; the industry's cutting-edge open source startups and learning the business models that fuel them. OSBC is scheduled to be held February 14-15, 2006 at the Argent Hotel in San Francisco.

Two days of conference sessions will explore controversial issues around building a business on open source software and offer insights to commercial success. Tracks include:

-- What's Now: Sessions that address current strategic issues around enterprise adoption of open source, including the thorny issue of building communities to distribute and develop open source projects.

-- What's Next: Sessions highlighting emerging trends, opportunities, and strategies for the open source company, with an emphasis on open source's 'Third Wave': applications.

-- What's Legal: Sessions illuminating the complex legal issues undergirding open source software, from patents to dual licensing to corporate review boards to GPL 3.0 and beyond.

-- What's Starting: The place to find today's most promising early stage open source startups, most of which will be seen at OSBC for the first time.

Highlights from the 35 conference sessions are:

-- What's Next: " Marketing to Dilbert: Marketing Methodologies for the Open Source Crowd," with speakers from Glass Lewis & Co., Zend Technologies, MySQL and Splunk

-- What's Next: "Pitching the CIO: Alfresco, LucidEra, Zmanda," with speakers from Bank of America, OSDL, Alfresco, LucidEra, Qualcomm, Putnam Investments, Zmanda and Employease

-- What's Now: "The Open Source Community Imperative: Methodologies, Mechanics, and Metrics," with speakers from eBay, Inc., Accel Partners, IBM, SugarCRM, Sleepycat Software Inc. and GroundWork Open Source Solutions Inc.

-- What's Now: "Supporting Disparate Communities: How to Tap Open Source for Support," with speakers from The 451 Group, OpenLogic, Hewlett-Packard, Virtuas Solutions and APL Limited.

-- What's Legal: "Progress and Process," with speakers form Black Duck Software, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Intel, Software Freedom Law Center and Rosenlaw & Einschlag

-- What's Legal: "How Much is Open Source Worth? The Impact of Open Source on Technology Licensing and M&A Activity," with speakers from Fenwick & West LLP, Microsoft and Palamida

OSBC is designed for IT business executives (buyers and vendors), venture capitalists, attorneys, and other decision-makers tasked with developing businesses that leverage open source software. It explores the legal, investment, vendor and customer risks, rewards, and opportunities presented by open source software.

Speakers and panelists at Open Source Business Conference represent a wide range of organizations, including: Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, Novell, Intel, Goodwin Procter, The 451 Group, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray, EnterpriseDB, Pentaho, Realm Systems, JasperSoft, Palamida, Cooley Godward LLP, Holme Roberts Owen LLP, OSDL, Black Duck Software, Google, Philips Electronics, Putnam Investments, Qualcomm, Bank of America, Alfresco, BusinessWeek, Stanford Law School, MySQL, SugarCRM, SpikeSource, Hewlett-Packard, Apache Software Foundation, ActiveGrid, Optaros and many more.

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About OSBC

The Open Source Business Conference(TM) is the only event that provides an educational forum for business leaders (both IT buyers and vendors), lawyers and venture capitalists focusing on the opportunities and challenges that open source technology presents. Attend this exceptional conference program led by well known thought leaders and industry executives and become part of the event where important issues are discussed and the future will be determined.

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