Back from OSBC….

We’re back from OSBC and I think it was a great conference. The program was excellent and I got to meet lots of people from all parts of the industry: suppliers, analysts, investors, and a surprising number of end users. I spent most of my time in the ‘What’s Next’ track where Larry Augustin, David Skok and others moderated fantastic panels on the investment environment for Open Source, the mechanics of building an Sales and Marketing machine and other important topics.

The Keynotes by Eben Moglen and Martin Mickos were standing room only and what struck me was that their message didn’t seem radical in any way whatsoever. Eben talked about using Copyleft to avoid becoming your competitors lunch and Martin talked about how software Freedom was a better business model.

It wasn’t long ago that Copyleft was thought to ensure that you would become your competitors lunch! What seemed heretical only a short time ago has not only become generally recognized, but the evidence to support it is accelerating.

Martin not only talked about software freedom, but the practical aspects of building a business that needs to compete with the very largest software companies. Good coverage here by Matt.

We sponsored the conference this year, but I don’t think we’ll do that again. Although the conference program was terrific and as an attendee I felt participation was worthwhile, I’m afraid I can’t say the same about being a sponsor.

I’ve aways thought that if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. So, as far as being a sponsor goes: lunch was great.


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