Apache and Eclipse join forces for Asia's first ever open source summit

Region set to lead open source adoption

In a bid to drive open source adoption in Asia, the Eclipse Foundation and the Apache Software Foundation have joined forces for the first ever open source community conference to be held in the region from November 26-30, 2007.

The community summit, which is the first joint conference between Apache and Eclipse and the first to be held in Hong Kong and China, is expected to draw huge numbers of developers and users.

Co-executive producer of the Open Source Summit, Winston Damarillo, said Asia is set to become the largest consumer of open source technologies.

According to research from the Evans Data Corporation, the number of developers using open source software in Asia has jumped by 40 percent over the past three years.

The popularity of the Linux operating system has also boomed in recent years, providing the region's developing countries with a free alternative to leading commercial operating systems.

Apache Software Foundation president, Justin Erenkrantz, said he hopes that by showcasing the combined communities behind Eclipse and Apache that it will cultivate a stronger presence for open source in the region.

OS Summit Asia will offer hands-on training, a small number of invited speakers that address new technologies, development methods as well as business, marketing, and licensing issues in open source software.

Topics to be featured at the summit include ASF-wide projects such as Apache HTTP Server, Jakarta, Tomcat, Axis, Harmony, Maven, Web Services, and SpamAssassin.

Eclipse-wide projects such as BI and Reporting Tools (BIRT), Web Tools Platform (WTP), Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF), Data Tools Platform (DTP), Equinox and the Rich Client Platform (RCP).

Programming languages to be covered will include Java, Perl, Python, Ruby and PHP. This is in addition to Web development technologies and techniques for security, performance tuning, e-commerce and Java EE. New trends such as Web services and Web 2.0 will also be covered.

A range of case studies and open source projects in Asia will feature at the summit.

Eclipse Foundation executive director, Mike Milinkovich, said the event isn't just about technology.

"It's about the community and culture and inevitability of open source; a movement that creates and maintains a wealth of innovation and ideas," he said.

"Across Asia interest in open source is building. The timing of this event is perfect to harness and build on that interest."

According to an IDC study released earlier this month, stand-alone open source software will be worth US$5.8 billion in 2011.

The market reached $1.8 billion in 2006, and will grow 26 percent annually for the next four years, the firm predicted.

IDC found that the open source market is in a significant stage of growth, as previous barriers to adoption fall away.

This is particularly true in the business world, where companies are waking up to the fact that open source opens up more choices and gives them something to use as a bargaining chip with proprietary software vendors.

For more details on the OS Summit Asia 2007 go to the conference Web site at www.ossummit.com.

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