Who is Open Source Days?
The conference was started in 1998 under the name 'Linux98'. In 1999 the name changed to 'Open Networks 99' and in 2000 it changed to 'Linuxforum' where it slowly grew into a large conference with 500+ visitors and the economy needed to attract some foreign speakers.
In 2008 the structure behind the conference was changed as it was spun out from DKUUG (Danish Unix User Group) into its own company called Open Source Days ApS. As part of this change the conference changed its name to 'Open Source Days' to better reflect the wider scope of the conference.
The conference has since seen ups and downs, from being the biggest conference of its kind in Denmark, to not taking place at all.
The current team of volunteer Board Members is a mix of seasoned veterans and people that joined for Open Source Days 2016. We are a diverse group of people, with a lot of passion and the common goal of bringing Open Source Days back to its former glory. We felt that 2016 was a successful step in the right direction and will be devoting our energy to bring it even further in 2017.
Open Source Days conference has always been focusing on open source projects and especially communities. Topics always covered ranges from an introductory level to very technical subjects.
But in 2016 we had a special focus on encouraging newcomers to get involved with the community. We increased the focus on promoting the use of open source software, also and in particular among people who are not inherently in tech, but in the need of useful software nonetheless. For mutual benefit we want to make contact between them and some of the many exciting open source projects.
We were pleasently surprised by the success of the newcomer track in spite of a very late announcement of the content. So in 2017 we will implement the things we learned and make the event even better. Our focus remains on opening up the community, for businesses and private persons and bringing together novices and experts.
What is open source?
Per wikipedia defininition "Open-source software (OSS) is computer software with its source code made available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose."
Mostly driven by Eric S. Raymond it split from the Free Software Movement, to make software with an open source code more commercial. He founded the open source initiative (OSI) together with Bruce Perens. They defined 10 principles for open source software.
Apart from the definition, for us open source is much more than that. It is community, it is people coming together to create something they care about in collaboration. The organizational styles are vastly different, ranging from military to anarchistic, sometimes being run by a single person, sometimes by a core team with hundreds of contributers. It is fascinating to follow those projects, spawning and evolving. We love the fact how much essential software has been created, not for profit, but simply because someone saw the need for it to exist.
To give a real life topical example, as to where open source software is compellingly successful, consider the current public discussion of data privacy and security. While the code of open source software has not always been audited, there is the possibility for auditing it, which makes all the difference. With proprietary (closed source) software there is no way of telling whether it actually keeps what it promises in those regards
"Public security is always more secure than proprietary security. It's true for cryptographic algorithms, security protocols, and security source code. For us, open source isn't just a business model; it's smart engineering practice." -- Bruce Schneier