I went out for lunch the other day at this little sandwich place in Menlo Park. I had to get out of the office. Anyway, I got my sub — the Italian special — and went to pay for it, and the guy who takes my money smiles and looks carefully at my t-shirt and says, “OpenSolaris? Really? What’s that?” I just looked at him and smiled. I really didn’t think I had to explain what OpenSolaris was to the guy making my lunch, but ok, that’s cool. Then he blurts out: “I used to work at HP, and we always said that Solars was closed and proprietary.” Well now, that peaked my interest, even from a guy making my lunch at a deli where I wanted to get away from talking about work. “Nope,” I said. “It’s been open for a year and it’s free, too.” “Really,” he says, “Wow, that’s great.” Then we talked about open source and OpenSolaris. Nice guy. Then I took my sub and sat down and began to eat. But I couldn’t help but think that a conversation like that with the sub guy could only happen in Silicon Valley. Could he possibly be in the wrong job?