By barton808 on Aug 14, 2007
Last week I was out in the Bay Area to attend Linux World SF. I had been hearing about how the show was dying and/or on its last legs and was therefore pleasantly surprised by what I found.
A virtualzied Ubuntu running at the VMware booth.
A Change in Tenor
The only other Linux World SF that Ive been to was last year's so I cant say first hand what it was like back in the day but from what I hear, it seems to have changed from being developer focused to being more business focused. Other shows like OSCON and Ottawa Linux Symposium, its safe to say, are drawing more of the Linux developer crowd these days.
For me the show was a great place to meet and compare notes with people doing my job at other companies like Dell and IBM as well as getting to chat with smaller companies like SugarCRM and orgs like the Etherboot project [Etherboot's president Marty Connor whom I met for the first time is a total howl and must doing something right since I think he said he had three summer of code interns working on his project].
While there were the ultra slick gianormous booths like those hosted by Motorola and Novell, I found a lot of the more interesting stuff back in the .org pavilion. Back there is where you found folks like Postgres, the FSF, Debian, the Linux Foundation, Eclipse etc. And speaking of Postgres, I grabbed Josh Berkus for an interview and its now a part of my podcast backlog that I will continue to whittle away at.
Debian and FreeBSD in the .org Pavilion.
Keynotes and Bad-itudes
of meetings and other events like the T2 launch, I unfortunately missed
the keynotes/talks. It was during one of the Dell sessions
that they announced that they would be offering Ubuntu pre-loaded in
the UK, Germany and France. And it was during Andrew Morton's Conference Kickoff where he talked about getting involved with the Linux kernel and made the comment:
"I think it's a great shame that OpenSolaris still exists," he continued. "I wish they had killed it. They've fragmented the non-windows OS world and for no reason. There is no reason why they couldn't have gone to Linux."
Now the this-town-ain't-big-enough-for the-two-of-us stance is what I call a "bad-itude."
Switch "Linux" with "Open Solaris" and you have the view held by most folks at Sun not so long ago (and Im sure still a few today). Although the change began before he took the helm, since Jonathan became CEO a little over a year ago I have seen a real change at Sun towards providing our customers with choice and the realization that one size doesnt fit all. This is why we resell Red Hat and Suse, work very closely with Canonical/Ubuntu and encourage sales of Solaris on systems from "competitors" such as IBM, Dell and HP.
The hi-tech world is no longer binary and you cant simply point to the "bad guys." As I discussed with my peers at IBM and Dell, these days we're all "frienemies." We compete aggressively in some areas and partner closely in others.
Oh, brave new world.
Pau for now....