LinuxWorld keynote

Here’s the presentation [PDF] I gave today at the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco. As you can see, I reminisced a bit about the last decade of IBM‘s involvement with Linux and then made some predictions for the future. To be clear, I was not trying to given an entire history of FOSS, but rather some highlights of what we did and thought about with respect to Linux and related technologies.

Update: I’ve started adding some comments in the blog about the predictions I made in the keynote.

Update: The full one hour video of the keynote talk is now available at the conference website.


  1. Congrats on your 25th.

    I wish you had made some prediction pertaining to the quality, security & assurance of open source especially Linux. Will it get better, worse or stay the same?

  2. Hi Bob,

    From the slides it looks like an interesting speach. Do you know if the keynote is available to stream/download from somewhere … for those of not present in San Fransisco?

  3. @Doc: What do you think?

  4. @Jesper: I heard rumors of a video, but I don’t know for sure. I’ll post a link if a video becomes publicly available.

  5. In your keynote speech you talked about how Linux and Open Source software should target SMBs with turnkey solutions. I certainly applaud this and submit that if you want some tens of thousands of programmers to start contributing to these turnkey solutions all you have to do is convince IBM to Open Source their AIX Cobol.

    I have been using IBM’s Cobol on AIX for about the last ten years, and only switched to Micro Focus Cobol when support for IBM’s product was dropped, or at least was announced it was being dropped. If IBM took their now “not supported” AIX Cobol and Open Sourced it, programmers that have been creating business solutions for years if not decades would be able to start doing code in the language they are used to, a language I might add, that was designed to do business programming.

  6. Bob – regarding the following prediction on slide #21:

    Several now prominent standards development organizations will cease to exist due to poor quality processes and technology, non-transparent behavior, and antiquated IP policies.

    I am curious about which standards organization you have in mind.

  7. @Art: No names yet, but I can think of several that will need to reform or go away. I’m willing to give them a chance to fix themselves. Can I presume you have a similar list in mind?

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