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The Open Source Experience

Hugues Rougier of EADS Matra Datavision describes the very positive evolution of the open-source approach at Open CASCADE to an audience of top-level management.

On Thursday, December 13, Hugues Rougier, Chairman and CEO of EADS Matra Datavision, the parent company of Open CASCADE, spoke at a seminar organized by Echangeur and W3C on the theme, "Business Models for the Third-generation Internet: Emerging Trends". Around 100 top-level management representatives were on hand for the day-long program in Paris, which focused on tomorrow's winning business models.

Jean-François Abramatic, President of W3C, and Francis Lorentz, Chairman and CEO of e-LaSer (Galeries Lafayette Group), introduced the program, which featured Web experts and companies (Cisco Systems, Galleries Lafayette, L'Oréal, Microsoft), as well as organisms like the Center for eBusiness at MIT and the CIGREF (IT Club of Large French Companies).

During a round-table debate with the Technical Director of Microsoft France centering on proprietary licenses versus Open Source, Hugues Rougier presented solid arguments for the adoption of the free software model. The timely topic of software patents was a key element of the debate.

Set up by the Compagnie Bancaire (Cetelem) and Lafayette Services LaSer (Cofinoga, Mag Info) groups, El Corte Inglés (IECISA), Sears plc, Dyade, the INRIA and the Imperial College of London, Echangeur is the world's largest training center and think-tank on technologies for commerce of the future. W3C is, of course, the World Wide Web Consortium.

The L'Echangeur / W3C Internet site describing the seminar is:

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