Nick Selby, Dennis Callaghan, and I will be posting updates over the next two days from the floor of LinuxWorld Boston. Wireless service seems to be good here, unlike some other conferences that will not be named. 🙂
I was unable to attend the conference yesterday, but I was told from those onsite that attendance was down, making some of the paying vendors at the expo unhappy. This is my first LinuxWorld (gasp!), and from what I can see from the main conference area, the expo is larger than OSCON – and most closely resembles something similar to the size of MacWorld (that is, since MacWorld started using only one half of the Moscone center in SF). I wonder how much of the expo floor is dominated by hardware vendors? The other question on my mind is the geek to suit ratio. I’m thinking that the suits will easily win, based on the folks I see walking around this morning. Then again, the geeks will probably make a late showing. Where, oh where, are the mountain men?!
In analyst fashion, I have managed to fill most of my day with briefings – Red Hat, OpenMFG, Continuent, Trolltech, AMD, IBM, ANT Software, and Emu Software. I will also be attending conference sessions on grid computing, enterprise open source databases, spotting nascent open source project (“future successes”), and enterprise open source in production, as well as Bruce Perens’ 6th Bi-Annual “Open Source State of the Union”, and the First Annual SourceForge.net Community Choice Awards. It’s non-stop from 9:30am until at least 7pm.
For the media and analysts, conferences end up being more about networking and vendor discussions than anything else. It would be great if a conference organizer would schedule a day of analyst and media briefings prior to the conference, as I would like to attend more sessions.
Keep watching for more posts over the next two days from The 451 Group.