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Wednesday, March 25 • 11:20am - 12:10pm
Overcoming Obstacles to Contributing to Linux - Tim Bird, Sony Mobile

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Many companies struggle with contributing to Open Source projects. This talk will identify key difficulties that many large companies face in making contributions, and provide tips and lessons learned for overcoming these obstacles. Some of the difficulties discussed will be: version gap, expertise problems (an example of which is the "proxy problem", wrongly-abstracted code, process mismatch, and social and attitudinal barriers.

This will not be yet another talk on CodingStyle, but a more high-level look at structural problems inside companies and the industry that prevent meaningful engagement within the open source community.

The goal of this talk is to help individual developers and companies identify and implement practices that will accelerate their participation in open source, so that they can enjoy more of the value of open source besides just the open code base.

Speakers
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Tim Bird

Senior Software Engeineer, Sony Mobile
Tim Bird is a Senior Staff Software Engineer for Sony Corporation, where he helps Sony improve the Linux kernel for use in Sony's products. Tim is also the Chair of the Architecture Group of the CE Working Group of the Linux Foundation. Tim has been working with Linux for over 20 years and has spoken at numerous events, include almost all Embedded Linux Conferences, and many LinuxCon events.


Wednesday March 25, 2015 11:20am - 12:10pm
Ballroom Salon 5/6