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Danese Cooper has a 15-year history in the software industry, and has long been an advocate for transparent development methodologies. Danese worked for six years at Sun Microsystems, Inc. on the inception and growth of the various open source projects sponsored by Sun (including,, and She was Sun's chief open source evangelist and founded Sun's Open Source Programs Office. She has unique experience implementing open source projects from within a large proprietary company. She joined the Open Source Initiative (OSI) board in December 2001 and currently serves as secretary and treasurer. As of March 2005, Danese is with Intel to advise on open source projects, investment, and support. She speaks internationally on open source and licensing issues.

Chris DiBona is the open source programs manager for Mountain View, California-based Google, Inc. Before joining Google, Chris was an editor/author for the popular online web site, Slashdot. He is an internationally known advocate of open source software and related methodologies. Along with Mark Stone and Sam Ockman, he edited the original Open Sources. He writes for many publications and speaks internationally on software development and digital rights issues. His home page and blog can be found at

Mark Stone has made a career of studying collaborative communities. As a university professor with a Ph.D. in philosophy of science, he has studied and published on the disruptive community conditions that create scientific revolutions. More recent work has involved the open source community, as editor for Morgan Kaufmann Publishers covering operating systems and web technology, then as executive editor for open source topics at O'Reilly, and as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Linux Technology. While at O'Reilly he co-edited, with Chris DiBona and Sam Ockman, the seminal Open Sources in 1999. For the last six years he has worked with various dot-coms on tools and practices for collaboration and online community building, including as part of the executive team managing top-tier technology sites such as Slashdot (3.5 million page views per day served), and (1 million registered users). As director of product development for ManyOne Networks, he is currently working on the next evolution of online community, leveraging 3D environments and new tools for knowledge management. Mark holds a Ph.D. in philosophy of science from the University of Rochester, and earned his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Maryland. Mark can be reached at

Robert Adkins is cofounder of Technetra, a Silicon Valley software company which implements and deploys large-scale software projects specializing in open source solutions. Robert has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology industry, having led products and services groups at Apple Computer, IBM, BBN Communications, and Litton/PRC. He has an M.S. in computer science from Johns Hopkins University. He has published in many technology magazines and journals including Linux Journal, LINUX For You, the Journal of the ACM, and Government Computer News and speaks frequently at international technology events. Robert can be reached at

Jeremy Allison is one of the lead developers on the Samba Team, a group of programmers developing an open source Windows-compatible file and print server product for Unix systems. Developed over the Internet in a distributed manner similar to the Linux operating system, Samba is used by multinational corporations and educational establishments worldwide. Jeremy handles the coordination of Samba development efforts worldwide and acts as a corporate liaison to companies using the Samba code commercially. He works for Novell, which funds him to work full time on improving Samba and solving the problems of Windows and Linux interoperability.

Matt Asay has been involved with open source since 1999, and has made a fetish of understanding novel ways to monetize open source software. To this end, Matt founded the Open Source Business Conference as a place to aggregate and cluster people much more intelligent than he to figure out promising open source business strategies; cofounded Novell's Linux Business Office and helped to kick-start the company's growing Linux business; served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Thomas Weisel Venture Partners, dedicated to finding and developing open source investment opportunities; and ran embedded Linux startup Lineo, a network and communications business, until its acquisition by Motorola in 2002. Matt speaks and publishes frequently on open source business strategy, and consults frequently for several open source startups and venture capital firms.

Matt is currently the general manager at Volantis Systems, where he manages the company's growing business with content providers (like eBay, Disney, and Yahoo!). He is applying the lessons of open source to the fragmented mobile world, hoping it will yield the same standardization and opportunity in mobile/embedded that open source did for the server world.

Matt holds a J.D. from Stanford, where he worked with Professor Larry Lessig on analyzing the GPL and other open source licenses.

Mitchell Baker has been the general manager of the Mozilla project (officially known as its Chief Lizard Wrangler) since 1999. The Mozilla project strives to create great software and maintain choice and innovation in key Internet client applications, such as its flagship Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird products. It is one of the largest open source software development projects in existence. The Mozilla project combines dedicated volunteers, a set of paid contributors, and its own flavor of engineering management.

With the formation of the Mozilla Foundation in 2003, Mitchell also took on the role of president of the Mozilla Foundation. Mitchell is also a board member of the Open Source Applications Foundation, which is developing a new-style personal information manager, known as Chandler.

Jeff Bates brings many years of strategic management and editorial leadership to the Open Source Technology Group (OSTG). As vice president of editorial operations and executive editor of Slashdot, Jeff is responsible for setting strategy and integration for the company's business development partnerships and for driving new site and product development, and for fun he helps manage strategic story editing and placement for the leading proprietary news site, Slashdot. While at Slashdot, Jeff has been responsible for the site winning several industry awards including a Webby People's Voice Award for Community, as well as Yahoo!'s "Top 100" Best of the Internet Award. Slashdot has also been cited by The Washington Post, Brill's Content, TIME, USA Today, Rolling Stone, and other industry-leading publications as one of the most innovative and important sites for the technical community.

Jeff has spoken at numerous academic institutions and industry-leading conferences and events, including MIT, LinuxWorld, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Northern Michigan University, Sun Developers Group, the Asian Open Source Symposium, Conference of Australian Linux Users, O'Reilly's p2p Conference, and the University of Michigan. He's also a member of the Open Source Advisory Panel for the U.S. government. Jeff holds a bachelor's degree in history from Hope College.

Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona teaches and conducts research at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Mostoles (Spain). He started to work in the promotion of libre software in 1991. Since then, he has carried on several activities in this area, including organizing seminars and courses and participating in working groups on libre software, in Spain and throughout the rest of Europe. Currently he collaborates with several libre software projects (including Debian) and associations, writes in several media about topics related to libre software, and consults for companies and public administrations on issues related to their strategy on these topics. His research interests include libre software engineering, and in particular, quantitative measures of libre software development and distributed tools for collaboration in libre software projects. In this area, he has published several papers, and is participating in some international research projects (visit for more information). He is also one of the promoters of the idea of a European masters program on libre software, and has specific interest in education in that area. On the personal side, he enjoys living, sleeping, and staying with his family (and not in that order).

Andrew Hessel is a biologist and programmer who has worked at the interface of industry and academia to facilitate scientific initiatives, usually in the area of genomics. He is fascinated by the functional similarities between electronic and biological systems, and the lessons that can be learned by comparing them. Andrew lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife Stephanie, and works to advance collaborative breast cancer research and therapeutic development.

Pamela Jones is the founder of Groklaw (, an experiment in applying open source principles to the field of legal research. Groklaw is also an independent journalistic voice, covering legal news stories from the point of view of the Free and Open Source (FOSS) community. Groklaw is also an anti-FUD web site. It has focused heavily on the SCO litigation, because the community is, after all, while not a direct party to any of the lawsuits, directly interested in and affected by the outcome, since it is their code and their community that is under attack. For that reason, Pamela found it is both natural and appropriate that Groklaw try to contribute to a positive outcome.

Eugene Kim is the cofounder and principal of Blue Oxen Associates, a think tank and consultancy focused on improving collaboration. He has developed collaborative strategies for a number of organizations, focusing especially on interorganizational collaboration and collaborative learning. His research centers around identifying patterns of collaboration across different domains (with a special focus on open source communities) and on improving the interoperability of collaborative tools. Previously, Eugene worked closely with computer pioneer Doug Engelbart, who currently serves on the Blue Oxen Associates advisory board. He received his A.B. in history and science from Harvard University.

Ben Laurie is a founding director of the Apache Software Foundation, a founder and core team member of OpenSSL, the author of Apache-SSL, director of security for The Bunker Secure Hosting Ltd.1, coauthor of Apache: The Definitive Guide, and a frequent writer of articles and papers on security, cryptography, and anonymity. You can find his web page at

Louisa Liu is business development manager of the Channel Software Operation (CSO) in Intel China Ltd. She is responsible for strategic business development in China supporting the CSO. Louisa earned bachelor and master's degrees with honors in computer science from Fudan University and Tongji University.

Ian Murdock is cofounder, chairman, and chief strategist for Progeny. He is centrally involved in defining Progeny's technology and business strategies, and in establishing and maintaining key relationships with customers and partners. Ian has more than 10 years of experience in the software industry. He played an instrumental role in the transition of Linux from hobby project to mainstream technology by creating Debian, one of the first Linux-based operating systems, called distributions. Ian led Debian from its inception in 1993 to 1996, building it from an idea to a worldwide organization of more than 100 people in less than three years.

Today Debian is one of the most popular Linux platforms in the world, with millions of users worldwide. Debian is also widely considered one of the most successful and influential open source projects ever launched: more than 1,000 volunteers in all parts of the world are currently involved in Debian development, and the founding document of the open source movement itself was originally a Debian position statement.

An Indiana native, Ian holds a B.S. in computer science from Purdue University and was a founding director of Linux International and the Open Source Initiative.

Russ Nelson is a computer programmer and a founding board member of the Open Source Initiative. He is best known for his packet driver collection, begun while at Clarkson University in 1988. He started Crynwr Software to support his open source software, Freemacs (currently used by FreeDOS) and Painter's Apprentice (a MacPaint clone), and went full time with the packet driver collection in 1991. He has been making a living from open source support ever since then. His politics are both left and right of center, as he is a pacifist Quaker and a member of the Libertarian Party of the United States.

Michael Olson is president and chief executive officer of Sleepycat Software. Michael, one of the original authors of Berkeley DB, is a technology industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in engineering, marketing, sales, and business management. He was named president and CEO of Sleepycat in 2001 after serving as vice president of sales and marketing. Prior to Sleepycat, he served in technical and business management positions at database vendors Britton Lee, Illustra, and Informix. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Tim O'Reilly is founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, thought by many to be the best computer-book publisher in the world. In addition to publishing pioneering books such as Ed Krol's The Whole Internet User's Guide & Catalog (selected by the New York Public Library as one of the most significant books of the 20th century), O'Reilly Media has also been a pioneer in the popularization of the Internet. O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator site (GNN, which was sold to America Online in September 1995) was the first web portal and the first true commercial site on the World Wide Web.

O'Reilly Media continues to pioneer new content developments on the Web via its O'Reilly Network affiliate, which also manages sites such as and O'Reilly's conference arm hosts the popular Perl Conference, the Open Source Software Convention, and the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference.

Tim has been an activist for Internet standards and for open source software. He has led successful public relations campaigns on behalf of key Internet technologies, helping to block Microsoft's 1996 limits on TCP/IP in NT Workstation, organizing the "summit" of key free software leaders where the term open source was first widely agreed upon, and, more recently, organizing a series of protests against frivolous software patents. Tim received Infoworld's Industry Achievement Award in 1998 for his advocacy on behalf of the open source community.

Tim graduated from Harvard College in 1975 with a B.A. cum laude in classics. His honors thesis explored the tension between mysticism and logic in Plato's dialogs.

Gregorio Robles is a teaching assistant and a Ph.D. candidate at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain. His research work is centered in the empirical study of libre software development from a software engineering point of view. He has authored or coauthored many papers that were presented at both academic and community conferences, and has developed or collaborated in the design of programs to automate the analysis of libre software. He has also been involved in the seminal European Union FLOSS study and survey on libre software developers, the CALIBRE coordinated action to foster libre software development in Europe, and the FLOSSWorld study which looks at libre software development worldwide, all of them financed by the European Commissions IST program.

Larry Sanger was the chief organizer/architect of the Wikipedia encyclopedia project in its first year, as well as of the now-moribund Nupedia encyclopedia project. Since 2000 he has thought and written about the best ways to develop a collaboratively built online encyclopedia. He is now working on that problem, among others, for the ambitious Digital Universe project as its director of distributed content programs. His Ph.D. (2000) from Ohio State University is in philosophy, with concentrations in epistemology and early modern philosophy, and his B.A. in philosophy is from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He taught a wide range of philosophy courses off and on between 1992 and 2005 for Ohio State University and nearby institutions. He also plays Irish traditional music on the fiddle and has taught that too, off and on since 1997.

Sunil Saxena is senior principal architect in the Software and Solutions Group (SSG) at Intel Corporation. SSG is responsible for operating system enabling on Intel architecture products. Sunil received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Waterloo and received his B. Tech. in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in 1975.

Doc Searls is a writer and speaker on topics that arise where technology and business meet. He is the senior editor of Linux Journal, the premier Linux monthly and one of the world's leading technology magazines. He also runs the new Doc Searls IT Garage, an online journal published by Linux Journal's parent company, SSC. He is coauthor of The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Borders Books, and bestseller. (It was Amazon's #1 sales and marketing bestseller for 13 months and sells around the world in nine languages.) He also writes the Doc Searls weblog. J.D. Lasica of Annenberg's Online Journalism Review calls Doc "one of the deep thinkers in the blog movement." Doc's blog is consistently listed among the top few blogs, out of millions, by Technorati, Blogstreet, and others.

Wendy Seltzer is an attorney and special projects coordinator with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she specializes in intellectual property and free speech issues. In the fall of 2005, she will be at Brooklyn Law School as a visiting professor of law. As a fellow with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Wendy founded and leads the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, helping Internet users to understand their rights in response to cease-and-desist threats. Prior to joining EFF, Wendy taught Internet law as an adjunct professor at St. John's University School of Law and practiced intellectual property and technology litigation with Kramer Levin in New York. Wendy speaks frequently on copyright, trademark, open source, and the public interest online. She has an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and occasionally takes a break from legal code to program (Perl).

Sonali K. Shah is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on the creation and maintenance of novel organizing innovation communities that support innovation development and diffusion. She studies innovation communities in fields as diverse as open source software, sports equipment, and medical products. A second stream of work examines the processes underlying the formation of new industries and product markets. Previously she worked at Morgan Stanley & Co. and McKinsey & Co. She holds degrees in biomedical engineering, finance, and management. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Alolita Sharma is cofounder and CEO of Technetra, a Silicon Valley software company which implements and deploys large-scale software projects specializing in open source solutions. Alolita has more than 14 years of experience in the information technology industry, having engineered and led services groups at IBM, MCI Worldcom, Intelsat, and SWIFT. While pursuing the Ph.D. program in computer science at George Washington University (GWU), she concentrated on networking, security, and parallel computing. She received an M.S. in computer science also from GWU. She speaks at technology forums and has published in many technology magazines and journals including Linux Journal, Linux Gazette, and is a monthly columnist for India's only open source magazine, LINUX For You. She is a proponent of Linux and open source software in India. Alolita can be reached at

Bruno Souza is a senior consultant at Summa Technologies. He helps large companies to successfully use and develop open source products and projects. Bruno is president of SouJava, Brazil's largest Java User Group, where he has led the group's Javali Project, an ambitious umbrella project that hosts 10 large open source projects. Javali, which includes a project to create an open source Java runtime, is targeted to bring software development into Brazil's open source discussions. Bruno also co-authored SouJava's Open Source Manifest, which discusses open source and open standards as the way to correctly apply and succeed with open source in Brazil. The document positively influenced the adoption of open source in Brazil. Bruno is a member of the Management Board of, one of the largest open source hosting sites for Java developers, where he leads the World Wide Java User Group Community, is an activist for the creation of open source-compatible implementation of Java standards, and is an active participant in several Java open source projects.

Stephen R. Walli has worked in the IT industry since 1980 as both customer and vendor. He is presently the vice president of Open Source Development Strategy for Optaros. Stephen is responsible for architecting and managing Optaros's relationships with the open source community. Most recently, Stephen was a business development manager at Microsoft on the Windows Platform team, where he operated in the space between community development, standards, and intellectual property concerns. While at Microsoft, he also worked on the Rotor project (Shared Source CLR), and started as the product unit manager for Interix in Services for Unix.

Prior to Microsoft, Stephen was the vice president of R&D and a founder at Softway Systems, Inc., a venture-backed startup that developed the Interix environment to re-host Unix applications on Windows NT. Stephen has also worked as an independent consultant for X/Open, SunSoft, UNISYS, and the Canadian government. He was once a development manager at Mortice Kern Systems, and a systems analyst at Electronic Data Systems.

Stephen was a longtime participant and officer at the IEEE and ISO POSIX standards groups, representing both USENIX and EurOpen (E.U.U.G.), and has been a regular speaker and writer on open systems standards since 1991.

He blogs at, and occasionally podcasts from

Steven Weber, a specialist in international relations, is an associate with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE) and the International Computer Science Institute, and affiliated faculty of the Energy and Resources Group. His areas of special interest include international politics, and the political economy of knowledge-intensive industries.

Steven went to medical school at Stanford and then earned his Ph.D. in the political science department at Stanford. In 1992, he served as special consultant to the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. He has held academic fellowships with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is a member of the Global Business Network in Emeryville, California, and actively consults with government agencies on foreign policy issues, risk analysis, strategy, and forecasting.

Boon-Lock Yeo is currently director of the ICSC (Intel China Software Center) of the SSG (Software and Solutions Group) in Intel China Ltd. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University and a BSEE from Purdue University. He received an IEEE Transactions Best Paper Award in 1996, has published more than 40 technical papers, and holds 25 U.S. patents.

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