Next week I will be spending time in Silver Spring, Maryland, live-blogging the Pulver Freedom2Connect conference.
Freedom2Connect, I feel, is all about bringing the open source idea back to its source, which is the Internet.
Over the last few years Internet access has become increasingly proprietary, to the point where we're now talking seriously about what critics call Whitacre Tiering, giving some Web sites better access to consumers than others.
What if you had trouble reaching your open source vendors, but found (quite suddenly) that it was easy to reach Microsoft or Oracle? If you could not get the service you were paying for, as an enterprise customer, wouldn't you be inclined to go somewhere else?
And this is the threat. Success or failure should be determined by the quality of your offerings, not your willingness to accede to the blackmail demands of consumer ISPs.
A proprietary Internet will not support open source the way an open Internet has. So the issue, and what we can do about it, are both important.
See you there.