Freeware Communities to Meet in First-Ever Summit
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Creators and corporate supporters of the most widely-used freeware programs will meet in a historic summit on April 7 in Palo Alto, CA at the invitation of Tim O'Reilly, President and CEO of O'Reilly & Associates.
The primary goal of the summit is to promote a high-level exchange of ideas and strategies for expanding the acceptance of popular freeware such as Linux, Perl, and Apache, and to expand the understanding of the mission-critical nature of Internet freeware applications such as Bind, Sendmail, Perl, Apache, Mozilla, and Linux.
The Freeware Summit attendees include a list of today's most influential freeware--also known as open source software--developers:
- Larry Wall, creator of Perl, the language that has been called "the duct tape of the Internet," widely used by system administrators and on nearly all active Web sites.
- Brian Behlendorf, a founder of the Apache group, which develops the world's most popular Web server.
- Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, a powerful, popular clone of the UNIX operating system, noted for its use in multimedia and networking.
- Eric Allman, creator of Sendmail, the mail transport agent that is responsible for routing and delivery of the overwhelming majority of Internet e-mail.
- Guido van Rossum, creator of Python, a scripting language designed for rapid application development and deployment.
- Phil Zimmerman, creator of PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), a powerful cross-platform encryption program that protects the privacy of files and electronic mail.
- Eric Raymond, independent developer active in the Linux community and author of the influential paper, "The Cathedral and the Bazaar."
- Paul Vixie, creator and maintainer of Bind, the software behind the Domain Name System (DNS).