Free Webinars on Open Source Topics: 7 Resources

by Ostatic Staff - Aug. 07, 2008

Webinars and webcasts on all kinds of technology topics have exploded in recent years, and the good news is lots of the best ones are free. All you need is a browser to attend them, and most of them stay archived online for long periods of time. For open sourcers, there are both ongoing webcasts on cutting-edge open source topics that you can attend on a regular basis, and previously produced ones that may be of interest. Here is a collection of both upcoming and archived ones that could be of interest to you.

OpenLogic has a large archive of webcasts on everything from open source governance, to licensing, to determining open source ROI. Note that you need to download the Intercall player for the full, rich media versions of these. has an upcoming webcast on August 20th, featuring open source pundits Dominic Sartoria and Jim Zemlin (executive director of the Linux Foundation). The topic is open source trends for the enterprise.

Are you interested in learning new web development or development language skills? Do you want to improve on skills you already have? Reuven has a large collection of screencasts you may be interested in, here. These include webcasts on Ruby on Rails, PERL, and much more.

Lullabot does excellent podcasts on using the Drupal content management system (which OStatic is based on). They're free, and cover beginner topics as well as more advanced fare such as porting Drupal modules.

We've written about the large libraries of videocasts that Google has recently made available, chronicling its Developer Day events around the world. You'll find videocasts on Android, case studies on using Google Gears, and more.

TalkTech has a large library of free video interviews with interesting folks, including open source movers and shakers. Recent ones featured officials from Jaspersoft and Funambol.

You can find many more useful webcasts on topics of interest you around the web. Many of the best ones are free. Also see our previous collection of 16 free tutorials on open source topics, where you can find online instruction on OpenOffice, GIMP, Firefox, MySQL and more, and Mike's post on presentations from the recent OSCON conference.