Marten Mickos once (mildly) complained about the Open Source Business Conference, suggesting that it was good for vendors but needed more customers. I heard the same thing from Red Hat and other would-be sponsors. Back then, of course, the market wasn't buying as much open source as it was selling.
My what a difference three years makes. Last year we had attendees from MIT, Christian Science Monitor, AllianceBernstein, E*Trade, H&R Block, Sony, Boise Cascade, and many others. This year that IT contingent keeps swelling.
I'm starting to get really excited about the upcoming OSBC. The website doesn't yet show it, but we're quickly pulling together the best assemblage of open-source firepower on the planet. It turns out that there are a lot of people qualified to speak on the topic of "Putting Open Source to Work," OSBC 2008's theme.
Here are a few of the confirmed speakers:
Steve Pearson, vice president, Advanced Technology, CBS Interactive Jon Williams, chief technology officer, Kaplan Brad Smith, general counsel, Microsoft Matthew Mengerink, vice president, Core Technologies, PayPal Mark Shuttleworth, founder and chief executive officer, Canonical/Ubuntu R0ml Lefkowitz, chief information architect, Asurion Satish Dharmaraj, chief executive officer, Zimbra Dan Agrinow, chief technology officer, The Weather Channel Interactive Marten Mickos, chief executive officer, MySQL… Read more