So me and Yannick flew to London for Wednesday to attend the Linux World Conference & Expo. Mark Shuttleworth had an interesting presentation on Ubuntu and its future. He says he can spend a few million a year to build Ubuntu. Why not then :-) good work -- I run Ubuntu at home.
Mathew Allum et al from Openedhand had a nice booth and a few gadgets, including Nokia's.
Wednesday evening, Nokia 770 got the best embedded Linux product award. Cool!
There was also an interesting panel entitled the Great Linux Debate. We had Nick McGarth of Microsoft among the panelists. I think that he did a good job explaining Microsoft`s strtegy and defending his case. Not an easy job. I don`t say I agree with what he said but I give him a credit for showing up!
... and I was actually irritated by a childish attitude against Microsoft. Let me give you an example: Somebody in the audience asked; "When are we gonna have a solution on Linux that I take an application, driver, or a component and it just runs. Like if I take this Windows application it just runs." Instead of answering the question, the panelists started to blackmail MS saying that their software doesn`t just run but that there are many problems etc. Now, even if this was true, nobody bothered to answer the question 'when on Linux'. Instead, they all talked about Microsoft and how bad their software is.
Give me a break! To me the open source movement is FOR SOMETHING (freedom, innovation, shared cost...) not AGAINST SOMETHING (MS). I find this anti-Microsoft religion a bit silly. I wanna move on and get things done. That`ll change things.
Reuters reported that 770 is delayed. Yes, it is a bit. But it's gonna be good. We`ve got some instability issues to iron out. And by the way, this all was written on my delayed 770 in London..