Open Source Software communities are you... they're me... they're the IT guy and the developer and the design person.. they're the businessperson, the non-profit org leader, the students...
Open Source is all of us.
Nothing drove that home to this Open Source Newbie than Bay Area Drupal Camp this weekend. All types of people from all backgrounds. And then there was Dmitri.
Dmitri Gaskin is a key member of the Drupal Community... a commiter... an expert... a 'Ninja' if you will... Dmitri gave several talks here this weekend, and people listened to him with interest. He knows what he's talking about. He's only developed on Drupal for a relatively short time, but he gets it, bigtime. Dmitri's definitely The Man.
Oh, and by the way... Dmitri is 12 years old.
Sun has not encountered Middle School students in its traditional sales focus. To our credit, we have made a spirited effort the last few years to embrace the University developer crowd. We print cool T-shirts with skateboarders, we give away cool toys at University recruiting events, we look for not-quite-cooled Java EE programmers fresh off the assembly line. So far as I know, however, we have yet to crack this all important 10-14 demographic.
But, in this Brave New World of OSS, we'll need to. Not to sell to them, not to schmooze them, not to take them out for a night of steaks and port and cigars to Close The Deal, not to get to them before The Competition does.
But, simply, to Collaborate.