Episode 162

Colin Eberhardt & Eriol Fox at State of Open Con 2023


March 28th, 2023

36 mins 37 secs

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Colin Eberhardt | Eriol Fox


Richard Littauer

Show Notes

Hello and welcome to Sustain! The podcast where we talk about sustaining open source for the long haul. Richard is at the State of Open Con 2023 UK in London, and he’s excited to have his first ever in-person podcasts. Today, he has two guests joining him. His first guest is Colin Eberhardt, who’s Technology Director at Scott Logic, and a Board Member of FINOS. Colin tells us about some of his favorite talks at this event, what he learned about Confidential Computing, and his thoughts on open source being described as public good. His next guest is Eriol Fox, who’s Richard’s co-host on the Sustain Open Source Design Podcast. Eriol works at Superbloom, previously Simply Secure, which we’ll hear more about that branding change, what Superbloom does, and some cool things they’ve been working on there. We’ll also find out about the sessions they did at this event on financial topics around open source and succession planning. Download this episode now to hear much more!

[00:02:03] Colin tells us what he’s doing at State of Open Con and how it’s going.

[00:03:51] We hear about Colin’s talk, other talks he enjoyed, and what Confidential Computing is.

[00:09:18] There was a fantastic talk about Wikipedia by the Founder, Jimmy Wales, and Colin shares some great takeaways from that talk.

[00:14:15] We’re going a little off topic, but no worries. Colin talks about being annoyed when he sees people siting a claim that ChatGPT is going to be the end of software engineering in the future, and Richard and Colin share their thoughts.

[00:15:21] Why does Colin disagree with open source being described as public good?

[00:19:44] Find out where you can follow Colin on the web.

[00:21:02] His next guest is Eriol Fox, and they tell us about the sessions they did on financial related topics around open source, which apparently was a busy session. They mention several projects said that they were investing in usability improvements, which was great to hear.

[00:23:04] The second session was on succession planning, what that talk was about, and how many people attended.

[00:24:50] Eriol explains what Superbloom does, what they do at Superbloom, the rebranding from Simply Secure, as well as some cool things they worked on there.

[00:33:52] Find out where you can follow Eriol and Superbloom on the web.



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