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OSON 2007 Update (Only two fights so far)

By John | July 25, 2007

 Anyone who knows me knows I have been annoying presenters at conferences for over 30 years.  Ask the folks at IBM (Heath and Chris be thankful I just started blogging).  Well I have been here for two hours and and I have already gotten into an argument with Mark Shuttleworth from Ubuntu and Tim O’Reilly.  The argument starts with the clarification of free.  I paid $1200 for conference fees and in the Exhibitor hall has vendors that that have paid well over ½ million to be there.  My question are all of these vendors (Ubuntu and O’Reilly. included)  who are sponsoring this conference in one world Kumbya.  Tim’s response was for example Google is free.  Well I have tried to use add words and let me tell it’s not free.  My point is that Google is like a traffic light, you actually some where along the way paying for it.  Vendor’s re-coup there marketing costs by charging you more (I know a simplistic argument).  My point to Mark was that the people that head these communities wind up getting rich and he didn’t agree.  I pointed out that when Redhat paid ½ billion for JBOSS who made all the money?.  He seemed to think that one was ok because that was Redhat it was still free (???).  I said ok, wait to Sun, Oracle, or IBM buys one of these guys will you still call it free.  It is that two thirds of the vendors at this show want to be the next JBOSS and not in the $FREE$ sense.  

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2 Responses to “OSON 2007 Update (Only two fights so far)”

  1. jwillis Says:
    July 26th, 2007 at 10:47 am

    Update it was three total. I got into an argument with the Open Source Google guy.

  2. My First Open Source Conference OSCON 2007 | John M Willis - ESM BLOG Says:
    July 29th, 2007 at 10:59 am

    [...] morning started with two augments. One with Tim O’Reilly and Mark Shuttleworh in their keynote and the other with  Karl Fogel after the session.  I knew that I was going [...]

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