I have not had a chance to blog about the results of GWAVACon but I was pleased to see that some others have had the chance.
I'm posting the comments made by one of the GWAVACon attendees who took exception to my keynote. I feel that the comments deserve some space and a response from me, but one that is much better than just comments. Kennon, who's comments appear below, raises some very valid points and identifies some issues that need to be addressed.
Here are Kennon's comments from my GWAVACon Keynote:
Dear Mr. Bliss,
I just got done sitting through your keynote at gwavacon in San Diego where you reiterated all this monkey business. Your speech was fine for a bunch of 40-something ex-Netware (or soon to be ex) admins. But it is painfully obvious that you don’t understand the way the world is changing. You spoke about Linux but it is plain that you don’t even understand what Free software is. You are still one of those people who think that it means dope smoking hippies giving away the farm for the good of mankind. Your keynote was something out of 1999. I cringed in pain when you said “We are giving the community to Red Hat”. You spoke as if the community and the business were two different things that could somehow be separated. Which really means to me that you don’t understand the first thing about Free and Open Source Software. When you say free you mean as in beer. Without the community, you have no business. You have nothing.
Doesn’t it seem strange to you that Red Hat as a company makes more money per year than Novell when Novell has about a zillion more products that Red Hat does?* Novell has decades in the business and a software portfolio that if implemented fully could fork lift replace almost every Microsoft application from a data center and Red Hat has a fraction of that and yet somehow Red Hat is bigger than Novell? And did I mention that Red Hat ONLY sells Open Source software. Not a line of proprietary code in the shop. How could this be? I sincerely appreciate the disclaimer at the end when you said that you cannot make decisions for Novell. When you said that I thought, thank God, to myself. Novell’s only hope of surviving the next 5 years is to realize the same thing Sun, IBM, and HP are realizing. Free your code or die.
*I realized that I worded this poorly. Novell’s annual total revenue is more than Red Hat (for now), but Red Hat has a larger market cap and makes it’s revenue from Open Source software. Whereas 90% of Novell’s products are still proprietary.
I would like to take the time and space in my next posting to respond to Kennon and his comments.