Notes from Interop-Software 2008, Las Vegas, NV. Attendee Screams and Walks Out of a Session.

There was an open source panel at Interop called “Open Source Governance: Recognizing & Dealing with the Risks of Free Software “.  

Panel consisted from Brian Gentile of JasperSoft, Dominic Sartorio of Open Solutions Alliance,
Doug Levin of Black Duck Software and Ross Turk of SourceForge, with Daniel Kohn of The Linux Foundation moderating.

What I did not expect was to see an attendee scream “We’re not here for the benefits of open source. If you’re not going to take my question I’m going to walk out.”

Indeed, he did walked out! 

Last year the “Software Conference” was acquired by CMP Media (the producers of shows such as Interop, VoiceCon,
Web 2.0 Summit, Web 2.0 Expo, the Enterprise 2.0 Conference).

I really liked the “Software” conference when it was independent. To me it lost its flavor with the crowds of Interop people, while outsourcers occupied the entire expo floor.

Overall, quality of the open source track was good. I think only two sessions were sponsored (about SaaS and virtualization). It would be great to see some real world customer stories at the show next year.

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