"Then [Keith Carmody, President of Lindows.com] addressed the
keynote and vendor-neutrality issues:
"My opinion was simply that Michael would be a better speaker to
open this show. All the Linux companies combined had contributed
only $2,000 in sponsorship fees; we will spend around $100,000.
Only four of the Linux companies agreed to any sponsorships, and
they all picked the lowest one, $500. They then lose their minds
because I wanted Michael to open, just like he did every MP3
Summit, which was paid for by MP3.com.... See why we just stay out
of this silliness? See why we never start these utter waste of time
"I brought up the issue of mutual respect. He replied:
"We have plenty of respectful communication on our web site...
but many in 'the community' simply refuse to a) take the time to
hear what we have to say or b) refuse to believe us no matter what
we say. That's fine, but we will continue to spend our time being
productive. Debating with those who disagree with us produces zero
new products and zero good for Linux..."