Mark Little leads the technical direction, research, and development for Red Hat JBoss Middleware. Prior to taking over this role in 2008, Mark served as the SOA technical development manager and director of standards. Additionally, Mark was a chief architect, and co-founder at Arjuna Technologies, a spin-off from HP, where he was Distinguished Engineer. He has worked in the area of reliable distributed systems since the mid-80s with a PhD in fault-tolerant distributed systems, replication, and transactions. Mark is also a professor at Newcastle University and Lyon University.
Over the past twenty years open source has become the default software development paradigm for the industry and academia. Whether it’s for Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, Cloud Computing or Internet of Things, open source projects and products have come to dominate the developer ecosystem, conferences, workshops and form the basis of many successful companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google. However, not every open source project is successful and closed source software and companies continue to thrive. In this presentation Mark gave at the Alan Turing Institute, Mark examines what it takes to make a thriving open source project and community, considering some real world examples. Mark also look at the benefits of open source versus closed source.