|FREE SOFTWARE -
BEHIND THE SCENES
Tuesday 23 November 08:30-10:00 room C1
This session will explore some aspects of the "Libre software" role (also called Free software or Open source software) in the Information Society.
First of all, the session will look at the "distributed" development process, trying to understand if and why it could produce better software than other "classical" development processes, by trying to compare classical business models versus "free software" based business models. Also explored will be the underlying economic aspects of free software and the robustness of such economy. Finally, discussion in the panel will address some aspects that have been developed in the previous speeches, for instance the strategy for businesses using, or based on, free software or on the use of free software to enforce publicly available standards (data formats, protocols, etc.).
This session will be concluded with the main results from the report of the expert group set up by the Commission (report and mailing list at http://eu.conecta.it).
Chairperson: Michael Tiemann (USA), CYGNUS
Panel : What Strategies for business?
Laurent Cabirol (Laurent.Cabirol@cec.eu.int)