Apache Con and Real Communities

I arrived in sunny San Diego for ApacheCon today after a days worth weather delays getting out of Orlando (and making it home a day late) and a broken plane this morning in San Jose. The pilot actually said “we are going to do a ctl-alt-del and see if we can reset the plane. The power will go out for a while so don't worry when the lights go off”. Its one thing to have a laptop freeze – ctl-alt-del just resets it and it won't make my desk crash into anything! To have to do this to a plane to get it to start is another thing. Eventually they gave up, some of us got on another plane (some just took a refund and went home) and I made it to San Diego in time to miss Cory Doctorow's keynote (which I really wanted to hear). Maybe AA regional jets should use Solaris? I listened to a talk by the IBM / Geronimo team and they are fully supportive of open source app servers and the value of the community. I think they get the concept because they (the Apache group) were reaching out to the community for their support. However, at the Gartner Open Source show in Orlando last week, IBM was promoting their WebSphere community edition as being small, free, Java and IBM. This seems to me to miss the point completely. Sure, free and Java are both good, but small and IBM? What about community? What about participation? How do I upgrade to the supported product? The issue is not just free, but open source with an emphasis on the community. Without the community to help drive the direction to develop something useful or that solves a problem, open source does not really exist. This is why we have the Open Source GlassFish Community, we want people to join and contribute their ideas and energy to solve problems they see as important. On top of that, once you use the GlassFish build, it is a simple step to upgrade to the FREE Sun App server PE and (now) FREE Sun App Server EE (but remember, you have to pay for support). We are at a booth, actually a number of couches arranged around a column in the hall and are giving away both Project GlassFish and Open Solaris t-shirts. Stop by and get one and learn about our Java EE 5 open source application server project.
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