Bdale Garbee: Collaborating Successfully with Large Corporations

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What should you do when Mega-Corp suddenly takes an interesting in your open source project? Enabling successful collaboration between individual developers and employees of big companies can be extremely rewarding for everyone involved, but it doesn't happen automatically. In this talk, Bdale will share ideas from his experiences on both sides of this equation that may help!

As HP's Open Source & Linux Chief Technologist, Bdale Garbee advises the lead technologists in other HP business units and other HP decision makers on technology and community aspects of Linux and Open Source applications. He mentors internal communities on how to productively participate in the Open Source development process, and encourages the adoption of Open Source software and principles across the company.

A contributor to the Free Software community for more than 25 years, Bdale's background also includes many years of hardware design, Unix internals, and embedded systems work. He was an early participant in the Debian project, helped port Debian GNU/Linux to 5 architectures, served as Debian Project Leader, is chairman of the Debian Technical Committee, and remains active in the Debian community.

Bdale serves as President of Software in the Public Interest, is on the board of directors of the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum and Open Media Now, and is a member of the Linux Journal Editorial Advisory Board. He is a frequent speaker at Linux and Open Source conferences, and works closely with various projects in the Open Source community.

In 2008, Bdale became the first individual recipient of a Lutece d'Or award from the Federation Nationale de l'Industrie du Logiciel Libre in France.

Beyond his work at HP, Bdale engages in a variety of personal activities. His most significant hobbies are high-powered model rocketry and amateur radio, where he is widely known for his contributions to packet radio, weak-signal communications, software defined radio, and building amateur satellites.