Linuxworld Boston is rather different from previous editions of the world's premier open source event. As commercial interest were starting to embrace open source software, they tainted the show with their shameless marketing pitches.
Linuxworld reached an absolute low last year in San Francisco when Oracle president Charles Philips used only 30 minutes of his 45 minute timeslot, and spent that time saying nothing at all.
The corporate trend underlined that open source had matured, but also sent a scary signal that commercial (marketing) interests had gotten in the way of the real story.
Linuxworld Boston has turned itself around. The big corporate keynotes are gone and have been replaced by speakers that actually have something to say: Nicholas Negroponte kicked off the show yesterday with a pitch for his One Laptop per Child project.
Open source is about creating open standards first and making money second. The Linuxworld organisers were confused about that for a short while, but have gotten the message.
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