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Thursday Lunch Host Speaker Series

Open Source, How is it Really Doing? Speaker: Chris DiBona, Director, Open Source and Science Outreach


  • Room: Parisian
  • Thursday, 26 March 2015
  • Time: 12:00 – 12:45
  • Lunch will NOT be provided.

Note: Grab-n-Go lunches will be available for purchase in the Fairmont.

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In this talk, Google's Chris DiBona will talk about the direction that Open Source has taken over the last few years, where it has been succeeding, where it has failed and how the IETF has impacted adoption. As part of this, he'll talk about the spread of Android and Chromium codebases and what it has meant for the industry. Questions will be answered! What do open standards mean without open source? What does open source switches and routers mean for the future of the internet? SDN is source software? Is open daylight a thing?

Chris Dibona

Biography of speaker: 

Chris DiBona, Director, Open Source and Science Outreach

Chris DiBona is the Director of Open Source for Mountain View, Ca. based Google. His teams oversees license compliance and supports the open source developer community through programs such as the Google Summer of Code and through the release of open source software projects and patches. In the public sector space, he looks after Google Moderator and Google Elections.

Mr. DiBona is an internationally known advocate of open source software and related methodologies. He occasionally appears on the This Week in Tech and the This Week in Google podcasts. He is a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management and has a masters in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, he serves on a number of technical advisory boards. 

Before joining Google, Mr. DiBona was an editor and author for the website Additionally, he coedited the award-winning essay compilations "Open Sources" and "Open Sources 2.0" and writes for several publications. He was the host of Floss Weekly with Leo Laporte and made a number of appearances on TechTV's "The Screensavers" and on the Cranky Geeks. 

His personal blog can be found at