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Thursday, October 1 • 13:30 - 14:20
Engineering, Business & Legal Choices for Bringing Commercial Software to Open Source - Gregory Chase and Cyrus Wadia, Pivotal

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Successfully running an open source software project involves more than just posting source code in a public Github. It involves balancing numerous interrelated engineering, business, and legal decisions.

We share our experience in supporting a dozen open source communities including Cloud Foundry, Spring, RabbitMQ, Redis, and our recent experience with launching the Apache Geode (incubating) community based on 1 million lines of code from Pivotal GemFire. These communities and their products have highly varied histories, licensing, and governance models.

Specifically we will cover: reasons to open source a commercial product; business and legal choices in licensing, governance and ownership; engineering choices of OSS components & readying code; executing the switch to open source; our experience from commercially supported OSS to stand alone foundations to joining The ASF.


Gregory Chase

Director of Big Data Communities, Pivotal Software
Greg Chase is an enterprise software marketing executive more than 20 years experience in marketing, sales, and engineering with software companies. Most recently Greg has been passionately advocating for innovation and transformation of business and IT practices through big data, cloud computing, and business process management in his role as Director of Product Marketing at Pivotal Software. Greg is also a wine maker, dog lover, community... Read More →

Cyrus Wadia

Cyrus Wadia is the lead intellectual property attorney for Pivotal Software, Inc. His responsibilities include setting IP policy, managing Pivotal's patent, trademark and copyright portfolios, and all aspects of Pivotal's open source software program. Prior to working at Pivotal, Cyrus Wadia was a partner and head of the intellectual property practice at Cooper, White & Cooper LLP in San Francisco.

Thursday October 1, 2015 13:30 - 14:20

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