Thresholds of Proprietary Software Tolerance... (Open Source on Windows?!)

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Tech Session
Dr Daniel Ames, Idaho State University

At first blush, appears to be a self-contained oxymoron of a web site because it is developed and maintained by Microsoft to support the open source software community - especially projects based on Microsoft's .NET platform. Indeed, such a web site should not exist, and definitely should not succeed (though it is...) After all, who would want to create an open source software project -- ostensibly founded on the notion that free idea exchange is of even greater value than a free beer -- and host the project on a web site owned and operated by the very company that bears the greatest wrath of the open source community? Surprisingly, there are a great many (including myself and my colleagues) who would do (and are doing) just that. Are we traitors to our own kind? Are we wannabe OSS'ers who can't cut the Microsoft apron strings? Are we truly proprietary wolves in open source sheep's clothing? This presentation will explore these questions in the context of thresholds of proprietary software tolerance.

Speaker Bio: 

Dr. Daniel P. Ames is a professor of geosciences and civil engineering at Idaho State University. He is the project manager for the widely used MapWindow and DotSpatial FOSS4g projects and manages a research laboratory dedicated to development and application of geospatial software solutions. And he is learning to play the guitar.

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