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Michael Meskes holds a Ph.D. in database science and has worked in the open-source industry his whole career. After his time at RWTH Aachen university he started and ran credativ, a pure open-source company that is now part of NetApp, where Michael is still leading the same group of open-source enthusiasts. On top of that he is tasked with improving open-source work within NetApp.

Coming from the Unix landscape he started working on free and open-source software in 1993 and subsequently joined several free software projects like the Linux kernel (1994), Debian GNU/Linux (1995) and PostgreSQL (1996). He is still active as a Debian developer and a PostgreSQL committer as much as his real life commitments allow him to.

Michael has engaged in significant open-source evangelism and given related presentations at numerous events. He teaches open-source infrastructure and cloud components at a local university as an adjunct professor.

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For the first time in history almost everyone uses Open Source, albeit often without getting the benefits of Free Software. Open Source has accomplished unparalleled success in the IT industry, but with success comes challenges and risks. Over recent decades we have seen business models change while the industry and the users found the best ways to use Open Source. With Software as a Service we now see a fairly new but very successful approach, that goes hand in hand with Open Source, but is not without issues.

This presentation will walk the audience through different approaches of monetizing and developing Open Source and examine the consequences of SaaS models for the Open Source ecosystem.

2024 April 18 16:10 PDT
20 min
Postgres Conference 2024