OpenSource World kicks off with sparse crowds, nothing-new keynote

OpenSource World kicks off with sparse crowds, nothing-new keynote

Summary: If the attendance at the opening keynote for OpenSource World (formerly known as LinuxWorld) serves as a barometer for anything to do with the economy, the tech industry or even trade shows, things are not looking good.There were no lines this morning to get inside San Francisco's Moscone Center, a place that I've had to fight my way through for events such as the Google Developer's Conference and MacWorld.

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If the attendance at the opening keynote for OpenSource World (formerly known as LinuxWorld) serves as a barometer for anything to do with the economy, the tech industry or even trade shows, things are not looking good.

There were no lines this morning to get inside San Francisco's Moscone Center, a place that I've had to fight my way through for events such as the Google Developer's Conference and MacWorld. In fact, the large auditorium where most keynotes speeches are delivered was dark. This morning's keynote speech was being held in the smaller rooms where breakout sessions usually occur - and there were a lot of open seats.

Then came the introduction of Judy O'Brien Chavis, director for business development and global alliances at Dell, a last-minute substitution for another Dell exec who couldn't attend.

While Chavis was engaging and enthusiastic in her delivery and spoke with authority about the topic, she was also a bit rattled. Her presentation slides were out of order and there were several periods of awkward silence as she found her groove.

The biggest problem I had with her keynote speech was that she didn't seem to say anything beyond what we've been reading in a number of tech-centric blogs - ZDNet among them. For the most part, she talked about utilizing the cloud and virtualization to reduce costs and improve efficiencies in the data center. And it was unclear from the start whether she was trying to bring new insight into next-generation technology or offer a sales pitch for Dell's offerings.

The bottom line, she said, is that the cloud is about business model flexibility. "I'm not saying that everything qualifies to be in the cloud," she said. Companies will need to assess what belongs in the cloud and what belongs in the data center.

She noted that Dell is focused on the disruptive changes in the industry, making investments in services that the company can deliver and is extending its cloud services model to help clients create new models.

It's unclear if attendees decided to sleep in and skip the 8:15 a.m. keynote speech. There does seem to be some enthusiasm around the smaller breakout sessions - so there's still hope that this year's event (which feels like a completely different show from last year's Linux World) can still be salvaged.

Topics: Software, CXO, Operating Systems, Open Source, Linux, Hardware, Dell, Data Centers, Cloud, Storage

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  • there are 2 reasons

    1.Most OSS advocates who are conservative real Americans, are exercising their constitutional rights by protesting Obama's crazy health care 'reform'.
    2.Some M$ agents outside the building are taking pictures and writing down license plate numbers in order to scare people who think that their name might end up on black lists.
    Linux Geek
    • Oh my God!!!

      We have an Xfiles devotee. Keep believing. LMAO
      CrashPad
      • I've heard a lot of crazy things around here

        but that's gotta be one of the better ones...
        Larry Dignan
        • Well some people believe Loverock is a real person

          that would be rich as well.
          CounterEthicsCommissioner-23034636492738337469105860790963
          • LOOK EVERYONE!!@(#@!! HE MENTIONS ME!!@#*#!!

            Yep, I'm being stalked by him. He replies to every one of my posts. He mentions me when I haven't said anything. I just don't want to get in the way of his secret affair with Mike Cox because he talks about Mike in every one of his posts to me.
            Loverock Davidson
        • There's just not enough

          tinfoil in the world for this Linux shill.

          rtk
  • "M$ agents taking pictures"

    Reminds me of that scene in God Father where FBI were taking pictures at Connie's wedding ceremony.
    LBiege
  • RE: OpenSource World kicks off with sparse crowds, nothing-new keynote

    Did you expect anything different? Its still linuxworld no matter how you look at it. As long as linux is there you can expect attendance to be low. It reflects real world statistics of linux, its share is declining because no one wants to use it. It hasn't proven to be a better solution at anything and since the better alternatives already exist there is no need to waste time and effort on it.
    Loverock Davidson
    • You have it backwards.

      Linux has proven to be a much better solution than Windows. It is better at everything. It is the Open Source applications that are holding back its adoption. And thus when it was called Linux World there was SRO. Now that Linux isn't in the title the attendance has dropped off. We can only hope that Windows will some day be as good as Linux
      bjbrock
    • Linux declining????

      Every day new companies sign on for Linux, while M$ allies are going out of business or dumping windoze for Linux.
      The low atendance has nothing to do with Linux popularity, but with other factors as I outlined in a prevous post.
      Linux Geek
      • Wow... those creative writing classes are really paying off.

        The was the best piece of literary fiction I've seen in some time!!!
        Hallowed are the Ori
        • And the best part is...

          That he references his previous post with all seriousness. Classic!

          All jokes aside though. My experience with Linux has left me feeling like I need to be an expert at it before I can enjoy using it at all.

          That's where Windows and Macs have a leg up. A lot less configuration and command prompt. It won't deter me in the long run, but the average user really is not interested in troubleshooting and getting into the nitty gritty of the OS.

          As for it being better than Windows. I'm not of that opinion especially after seeing Windows 7 run on a 500 MHz P3 with 384 MB of RAM and a 16 MB Voodoo Video Card. Of course it ran with minimal Aero features, but at 1366 x 768 (720P), it runs better than Gnome on my 900 MHz P3 albeit with 256 RAM.
          PlayFair
          • RE:And the best part is...

            >>>...All jokes aside though. My experience with Linux has left me feeling like I need to be an expert at it before I can enjoy using it at all...<<<

            As a Linux enthusiast, I am often embarrassed by the Linux Zealots that frequent these forums, as should the Ms. and Apple enthusiasts be embarrassed by fanatics like yourself. Linux IS different, if you get underneath the GUI. Absent that, near zero learning curve for Windows users. You say you feel like you need to be an expert at it before you can enjoy using it? I say shame on you for telling fibs and spreading FUD.
            richdave
          • Fanatic? Shill? Where did you insert your own words to come up with that?

            Man that was ironic. You are obviously the fanatic, can tell by you jumping to defense of Linux.

            He even said it wouldn't deter him and windows 7 was the only windows version he mentions that he likes...can't presume anything else from that post. And Windows 7 is very good.

            I've used Windows and Linux and I've gotta say it's still not the OS for mainstream consumers.

            I wonder if that's why both Novell AND Red Hat have completely removed themselves from trying to compete in those markets.
            But hey, i'm just one person....although Red Hat and Novell probably have a little more interest in the matter than you or I.

            Linux does continue to pick up ground, but it's not gaining ground. The entire industry is picking up ground you see, therefore it's staying pretty much put at the marketshare it has for a long while now.
            More companies, especially large ones are seeing value in using a mixed environment and some aer moving to Linux. It's not like a mass exodus from windows, but who knows. Maybe that day lies ahead. I wouldn't doubt it, it's free man. Who doesn't want something free if it works for them.
            The one thing Linux based OSes and the linux application stack need to have happen, and Shuttleworth has said Cannonical and Ubuntu are working on creating the same kind of integration up the software application stack that the MS environment has. They'll get there soon enough then that will be one less stronghold for MS. Eventually they will crack in, and it will start snowballing from there.
            Anyone that doubts that believes that people have really revolted on having something for free and want to pay for their licenses.

            They just haven't felt comfortable enough moving. There is no established set of client and server apps that work well together with integration throughout. There is no sense of understanding Linux. But that will come as they keep chipping away and one company sees what another has done and realizes they can do that too and save money.

            My preference of Windows comes from my clients wanting Windows....I can't argue with them at this point. Any real study of Ms solutinos shows a very good ROI and i've been able to deliever that repeatedly. Windows is not a liability on the journal. It's an asset. It's a capital investment. The hardware and software, if preloaded can be written off together over 3 years (or 5) or you can break out the software and depreciate it seperately.
            In any case, it's an asset with no credit balance at the end of it's lifespan.
            xuniL_z
  • RE: OpenSource World kicks off with sparse crowds, nothing-new keynote

    rqbwen,good post!
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