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2016/05/11 “Apache Open Tech is fueling tomorrow’s game changing innovations” | Todd Moore | ApacheCon North American 2016 (web video)

History of open source at IBM from 1998 @tmmoore_1 @ApacheCon NA 2016, and current IBM Open Cloud Architecture. Todd Moore, VP of Open Technology at IBM will share a retrospective of IBMs deep roots ASF and then follow with some

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Monty Widenius, Brian Aker “Open source cultures, the Sun/MySQL acquisition” (MP3 audio), Open Source Conference from O’Reilly Media, IT Conversations, 2008/07/23

The open source movement can be mixed up with commercial interests. Six months after Sun purchased MySQL, Tim O’Reilly interviews Monty Widenius and Brian Aker, the founder and Director of Technology, respectively, of MySQL. In this conversation from the 2008

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Mark Shuttleworth, “Free Software and Wealth Creation” (MP3 audio), O’Reilly Media Open Source Conference, 2008/07/22

As Ubuntu matures, it becomes a more and more credible option for operating systems. There is an interaction between changes that happen in technology, changes in economics, and changes in society. The software industry is at the heart of these

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Tony Bailetti, “Open Source Maturity Curve and Ecosystems Interactions: Lessons Learned” (MP3 audio), Eclipse Summit Europe, 2009/10/27

The adoption of open source by companies doesn’t occur overnight. In this podcast, Ian Skerrett from the Eclipse Foundation talks to Tony about the stages of the open source maturity curve and why organizations benefit from tapping into ecosystems. Tony

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Eric Raymond, “Hacking, Open Source, and the Cathedral and the Bazaar” (MP3 audio), Econtalk, 2009/01/19

Eric Raymond was at the founding the open source movement, and is the most cited author with his writing placing a historical context.  This interview reflects on the complementary foundations in economics. Eric Raymond, author of The Cathedral and the

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Ted Leung, “Open Source in the Corporate World” (MP3 audio), Herding Code, 2008/10/03

It’s interesting to hear first-hand accounts of histories of successes and failures in Silicon Valley. Ted Leung … works on dynamic languages and tools at Sun Microsystems and is a member of the Apache Software Foundation. We discussed a variety

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Drew Endy vs. Jim Thomas, “Synthetic Biology Debate” (MP3 audio), Longnow Foundation, 2008/11/17

Can biology be componentized in the way that information technologies have been? “I want to develop tools that make biology easy to engineer,” Drew Endy began. The first purpose is better understanding fundamental biological mechanisms through “learning by building.” The

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  • The Systems Approach and its Enemies Helps Us Find the Morality of a Revised Democracy | van Gigch | 2006
    In a book series celebrating C. West Churchman, John P. van Gigch digests (and portends to extend) The Systems Approach and its Enemies. On enemies … 4.1 A MATTER OF DEFINITIONS: ADVERSARIES VERSUS ENEMIES I note the similarity/difference between the words ‘enemy’ and ‘adversary.’ Other authors use the word adversary (ies) to denote all the […]
  • Restoring Legitimacy to the Systems Approach | Clinton J. Andrews | 2000
    A public policy professor, Clinton J. Andrews, looks at how The Systems Approach may encounter problems in skepticism from engineering practice. The systems approach is one general way of going about tackling a problem; some others include the experimental, political, moral, religious, and aesthetic approaches [1,p. 5], [2]. The systems approach to a problem […]
  • The Systems Approach: Its Variety of Aspects | Richard Mattessich | 1982
    An informed view of the Systems Approach from 1982.  (Richard Mattessich was a well-respected professor at UBC when I started in the doctoral program in 1982, but I wouldn’t get to appreciate the Systems Approach as described by C. West Churchman until the ISSS 1998 meeting). In his latest work [The Systems Approach and its […]
  • A logic model for philanthropic effectiveness | Peter Frumkin | 2006
    Program evaluation can be approached from the philanthropic perspective. In searching for ways to give money effectively, donors have many options and confront a wide range of theories about how to achieve impact. It is possible to think about these theories as falling into three main categories: theories of change, theories of leverage, and theories […]
  • Program Logic Models and Theory of Change | Kellogg Foundation | 2004
    From the program evaluation community, with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation … The program logic model is defined as a picture of how your organization does its work – the theory and assumptions underlying the program. A program logic model links outcomes (both short- and long-term) with program activities/processes and the theoretical assumptions/principles of t […]
  • Restoring Manjaro Grub after Ubuntu upgrade
    On a multi-boot Linux computer where Ubuntu has already been installed, adding on Manjaro Linux installs its own version of Grub (that I’ll call Arch-Grub) that is different but compatible with that previously installed (that I’ll call Debian-Grub). Updating Ubuntu to a newer version (or installing an older version) restores Debian-Grub, replacing the workin […]
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