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Notes From The Show: Day .5, An Exercise in Transitions

Aug 03, 2004, 14:15 (0 Talkback[s])

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By Brian Proffitt
Managing Editor

I thought it would be a good idea to wear black to the Red Hat press/analyst function Monday night, to fit in with the rest of the people here in San Francisco. Looks-wise, it worked, but confortwise, I was doomed when I walked into the Moscone Room at the Argent Hotel, because except for a small confort zone right near the windows, it was hot as an oven in there.

I went to the event to hear Red Hat's recent announcement regarding their open source application server. Leigh Day, of Red Hat's PR, thought that the entry into this space was a good move for Red Hat, and they were encouraged by BEA's support for the new app server. I made a mental note to go find JBoss head honcho Marc Fleury today and see what he thinks.

Also on my agenda today is judging for the Open Source Excellence Awards, which I hope will be interesting. I have two categories thatr are a bit, um, dry, but one really interesting one. I just hope more judges show up this year, as last time in NY, it was myself and two other judges who judged everything.

I know Doc Searls will be there, as I spoke with him at the Red Hat shindig last night. Doc is one of the Linux writers I really admire, so working with him is most cool. He's excited about the new Doc Searls' IT Garage site (, which will feature nuts-and-bolts IT articles that should get into the real work going on in IT shops.

After the judging, I will be meeting with HP and Scott Handy from IBM. I also have meetings lined up with AMD, Netline, and Penguin Computing, followed by an OSDL Reception this evening. At 2 local time, I put in an appearance on The Linux Show, in case you have an urge to hear my girly-sounding voice.

More later, off to hit the showers.