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Tuesday, February 14 • 11:20am - 11:50am
Balancing Openness and Control in Commecial Open Source Endeavors: Lessons Learned in the Kubernetes Ecosystem - Craig McLuckie, Heptio & Sarah Novotny, Google

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An obvious tension that exists in commercial open source endeavors between the need for control and the need to build and sustain an open ecosystem. During this session we will look at it as a multi-variable optimization problem and talk about the decisions that can be made to balance the well being of the commercial OSS sponsor, with the health and well being of the general community. We will look through some of the decisions made during the early days of the Kubernetes project, talk about the issue at hand that drove those decisions and relate the outcomes of those decisions in terms of community health and vitality. Craig will also spend a few minutes talking in general about the philosophy of commercializing open source technology.


Craig McLuckie

CEO, Heptio
CEO and founder of Heptio, a company built to propagate cloud native computing technologies. Previous Googler and founder of Kubernetes, an Open Source cluster manager.
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Sarah Novotny

Community Wonk, Google
Sarah Novotny leads the Kubernetes Community Program for Google. She has long been an Open Source community champion and ran large scale technology infrastructures before web-scale had a name. In 2001, she co-founded Blue Gecko, a remote database administration company which was sold to DatAvail in 2012. She has curated teams, been a leader in customer communities focused on high availability web application and platform delivery and is a program... Read More →

Tuesday February 14, 2017 11:20am - 11:50am
Grand Sierra A

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