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Open Source Business Conference

Day 1 of OSBC 2008 at Palace Hotel in San Francisco
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Jim Whitehurst reflects on his first 90 days in office, says Linux company has not been good leader in industry or getting enterprises involved in community development

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From L to R; Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth; Ingres CEO Roger Burkhardt; SugarCRM Chair and CEO John Roberts; MySQL EVP Zack Urlocker; Acquia VP Jeff Whatcott and host Michael Skok, general partner of North Bridge Venture Partners

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MySQL EVP Zack Urlocker

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Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth, left, and Microsoft Chief IP Attorney Brad Smith discuss parallels and differences of open source and proprietary business models at end of day panel

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Mark Shuttleworth jokes with Microsoft IP Chief Brad Smith that downloading Vista SP1 is like installing "airbags in a car."

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Open source companies should take note of Microsoft's developer marketing programs and traditional marketing prowess
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SugarCRM sail party on the bay

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SugarCRM Chair and CEO John Roberts, 3rd from left, hosts OSBC party aboard catamaran in San Francisco Bay Monday night

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Knowledge Tree CEO Daniel Chalef Knowledge Tree Live is expected to launch within next few weeks. On demand open source document management SaaS is aimed at SMBs

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Alfresco Services Director Jean Barmash

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Alfresco VP Matt Asay opened OSBC noting that VCs invested $2 billion in open source firms and in a year it was returned with purchase of MySQL for $1 billion, Zimbra for $350 million, Xen for $500 million and Trolltech for $150 million.

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Linux Foundation Exec Director Jim Zemlin and Microsoft Linux & Interop Director Sam Ramji exchange kudos at OSBC

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"We're not purely Machiavellian .. I love open source." Oracle dominates in $18 billion proprietray databas market, MySQL leads in $150 million open source dbase market

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Ubuntu Mark Shuttleworth said launch of "Hardy Heron" in April is most significant product launch in company history

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Shuttleworth chats with OSBC attendees

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"Linux will be at the heart of the cloud and mobile devices."
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From left to right; RedMonk analyst Stephen O'Grady; Gesmer Updegrove partner Andrew Updegrove; and SteeleEye Technology CTO James Bottomly drill Microsoft's Brad Smith about its interop and open source plans. Shuttleworth to far left

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Microsoft is making moves to interoperability. At OSBC, Microsoft announced publication of 600 pages of documentation for XAML specification

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