SSPL vs Open Source

Panel

Peter Zaitsev
Henrik Ingo
Avi Press
Peter Farkas

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Background

MongoDB originally used the GNU AGPLv3 for its open-source version. However, in October 2018, MongoDB introduced its own license, the Server Side Public License (SSPL). This change sparked significant discussion within the open-source community. It underscored the challenges that open-source companies face in the cloud computing era, where large providers can utilize and monetize open-source software without necessarily giving back. The licensing change aimed to restore balance, but it also initiated debates regarding the definition and future of open-source software.

Event Description

Five years after this pivotal decision, we aim to retrospectively assess its impact on the database landscape.

The “SSPL vs. Open Source” panel is a casual conversation, helping attendees understand the nuanced differences between the Server Side Public License (SSPL) and Open Source Software (OSS), thereby guiding their decision-making processes in software development and deployment. The conversation will touch on various aspects such as their underlying principles, benefits, criticisms, and potential implications for the future of the community.

We have invited well-known experts from both camps who will provide insights into the potential impact on developers, businesses, and the wider ecosystem. Peter Farkas as a moderator will be asking provocative questions. It will be intriguing to see which argument proves more compelling.

Join this battle to gain a deeper understanding of the ongoing debate between SSPL and Open Source.

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About the Speakers

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Peter Zaitsev

Founder at Percona
Peter Zaitsev is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Percona. As one of the foremost experts on Open Source strategy and databases optimization, Peter leveraged both his technical vision and entrepreneurial skills to grow Percona from a two-person shop to one of the most respected open source companies in the business. Now Peter continues as a Board Member & Advisor in a range of open source startups. Peter is a co-author of High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, and Replication, one of the most popular books on MySQL performance

Henrik Ingo

Chief of Staff, Engineering at DataStax
Open Source expert, with 13+ years experience with open source databases. One of the leading European experts both in MySQL and MongoDB databases. Particular interest in distributed systems and performance. I also have experience from several business management roles, such as managing 25 mobile developers and as COO and Advisor at 2 startups in the MySQL space. He’s contributed code to Linux, Drupal and impress.js. He’s volunteered on the OSI license review process almost from the beginning. He is the author of a book “Open Life: The Philosophy of Open Source”

Avi Press

Founder & CEO at Scarf
Avi Press is a developer tool author, functional programming language enthusiast, and founder/CEO of Scarf. Avi loves thinking about and discussing how people can solve problems by more effectively sharing data, and how that applies to building a sustainable open-source ecosystem. He is also a host on the Hacking Open Source Business Podcast.

Peter Farkas

CEO & Co-founder at FerretDB
Peter is an expert in leading and managing distributed teams working on Open Source projects. He has spent the majority of his career in Open Source, with a focus on database and Big Data technologies at companies such as Percona and Cloudera While at Percona, Peter played a pivotal role in building Percona Support, which quickly became a benchmark for service quality and excellence in Enterprise Open Source database software support.
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