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.

Meet the Apatar team at OSCON and LinuxWorld: Email for a Free Expo Pass

Apatar team is getting ready to head out for two trade shows - OSCON and LinuxWorld.   Although the two conferences may sound similar to you, they are very different. As ZDNet’s Dana Blankenhorn puts it: 

1. OSCON is a theater. LinuxWorld is a show floor. 

2. OSCON is intimate conversation. LinuxWorld is hard negotiation. 

3. OSCON is beer. LinuxWorld is wine. 

4. OSCON is polo shirts. LinuxWorld is business suits. 

5. OSCON is a code wizard. LinuxWorld is a star salesmen.”  

I would like to invite you as a Naked Open Source blog reader to attend (passes will be provided by Apatar): 1. O’Reilly Open Source Convention, taking place in Portland, OR on July 23-27, 2007.  

O’Reilly’s OSCON is perhaps best conference for open source developers. Speakers include Chris DiBona from Google, Larry Wall creator of Perl, Guido Von Rossum creator of Python, Rasmus Lerdorf creator of PHP, Robert “roml” Lefkowitz, Matt Asay from Alfresco, Brian Aker from MySQL, Mitchell Baker from Mozilla, and many others.Parallel to OSCON, there will be an OSCAMP, an “open” space for meeting, for learning, for connecting, for writing code … The agenda is created and modified “on the fly” by the participants. You can add to the agenda any issue that importance to you. Most of the key points and next steps will be captured in Wiki online so that the entire Freedom/Libre/Open community can benefit from our work. To register for OSCAMP, follow the instructions on the Registration page.  2. LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, taking place in San Francisco, CA on August 6-9, 2007. 

LinuxWorld is a more business-oriented event, and a good place for to catch up with latest developments in the world of infrastructure, Linux and Open Source software. Speakers include Brian Aker of MySQL, Matt Asay of Alfresco, John Roberts of SugarCRM, Raven Zachary of The 451 Group, Andrew Morton of The Linux Foundation, Werner Vogels, VP and CTO of Amazon Web Services, Kevin Kettler, Chief Technology Officer of Dell, Diane Greene, President and CEO of VMware, Ron Hovsepian, President and CEO of Novell and many others.

Apatar at LinuxWorld

Attendees will be able to participate in the developer’s contest for the most innovative Apatar DataMap (and win a 80GB Video iPod), find out more about Apatar Data Integration, view live presentations and learn about the upcoming features.  If you are interested in attending any of these conferences, email me your name, and I will register you for the shows. 


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