Monday Aug 20, 2007

My Interview with Ashlee Vance of the Register

Ashlee Vance, Enterprise Editor, The Register  Listen to the Interview (7:55)

I first met Ashlee Vance last year at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Mountain View.  Given the snarky style with which he writes and the fact that the Register is a British endeavor I had pictured Ashlee to be some foppish Brit with spectacles and maybe a bow tie. 

The occasion of the meeting was to discuss the fact that Canonical was certifying Sun's servers for Ubuntu and that Glassfish would be a part of the Feisty Faun release.  When I got in the room where the chat was going to be held I saw a somewhat schlubby looking American guy who I assumed to be an Ubuntu hacker who had wandered into the wrong room.  Turns out this was Ashlee. 

Unlike what I had expected, Ashlee was very mellow and unassuming, I guess the better to lull his prey into a false since of security :)   If you're not familiar with Ashlee's articles here are a few recent ones that will give you an idea of his style:

Less than a month ago I had a chance to run into Ashlee again up at OSCON.  The result of that meeting is the following interview

Topics: He's neither British nor a woman; What it means to be a snarky writer; What he shares with Mark Shuttleworth; Open Source does it matter as a term, isn't it simply a different distribution method?  What is the OSI thinking;  How he's come to terms with his name.

Pau for now...

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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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