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Oct 07, 2005, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Every time I go to a conference that doesn't specifically revolve around free and open source software I turn on my 'Open Source Software Radar' (OSSdar) to see if I detect any signs of non-proprietary life in the area. This year's sold-out Web 2.0 Conference had so much open source going on that my OSSdar receptors went into overload mode. Even the Microsoft guys talking up MSN Search had Firefox and OpenOffice.org icons on their laptops.

"Indeed, the open source aura was so strong here on the first day of Web 2.0 that I felt a little sorry for the MSN people, whose workshop was titled Building a Developer EcoSystem. Their session, at 8:30 a.m., had only attracted about 20 people when it started, while a discussion of AJAX from a business perspective in the 100-seat room next door had an audience so large that it spilled out into the hall. Two other sessions going on at the same time were also full to bursting..."

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