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Aug 17, 2009, 12:01 (1 Talkback[s])

"And the quality of attendees seemed pretty high. IDG was going for "qualified" attendees, rather than just trying to herd as many people in as possible. I think this proved to be a good strategy. One of my friends that worked a booth said that they were seeing more interest at OSW than at OSCON — and felt it was worth attending. In the end, it's not just sheer numbers that matter — it's also the quality of the attendees. By "quality" I mean, whether or not they're the right audience for the vendors or talks. Most exhibitors would rather have 10 people that are the decision makers they want to talk to than to try to address 100 people who aren't the right demographic.

"There was also a push to make the show a more "community" show — but this didn't work out so well. The space allocated to .orgs was in a separate room and, well, I'll just say I didn't hear good things about that decision. It was better than no space at all, but not by a lot. I'm not at all disappointed that I decided not to spend the money to have an openSUSE booth at this show. Maybe next year they'll do it up right and we can return, but as long as the .orgs are crammed into a single room that doesn't get reasonable traffic flow, openSUSE should focus elsewhere. It's not like there's a shortage of events!"

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