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Tuesday, June 30 • 4:15pm - 4:40pm
Creating an Open Source Project in a Proprietary Industry - Olivier Crête, Collabora

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Creating a new project is doubly challenging when the target industry has proprietary software as the norm. Taking code written as closed source and building a community around it is never easy, but it's even more difficult when none of the developers have participated in Open Source projects before. Such is the story of SRT (Secure Reliable Transport), an Open Source protocol that has taken the TV contribution world by storm. This is the story of how we helped Haivision take its internally built SRT protocol and helped make it the main player in low latency transport of video.

As an addition to previous versions of this presentation, I will also explain how in this industry, Open Source goes beyond what can be accomplished by mere Open Standards.

I'll explain the kind of things that we had to take care of when creating a new Open Source project. Starting with an evaluation of existing software, are we pointlessly re-inventing the wheel? Followed by a plan for a community, with an appropriate choice of license, a governance model, a communication and collaboration infrastructure. And last, but not least, a solid commitment from the main sponsor.

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Olivier Crête

Multimedia Lead, Collabora
Olivier Crête began his involvement in Open Source software in 1999. He has been involved in GNOME since 1999 and has been an active GStreamer developer and maintainer since 2007, first working on VoIP and video calls, and most recently, on all types of multimedia. Over the last... Read More →

Tuesday June 30, 2020 4:15pm - 4:40pm CDT
Community Leadership Theater