I went to the Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit in Tokyo last week. The event was combined with the Japan Automotive Linux Summit so all of the Japanese car companies were there along with most top Western software and hardware tech vendors. Microsoft really loves Linux and Open Source these days, so they were clearly there in force. It’s obvious the company has changed. Or is changing, I guess. Anyway, it’s rare for such a big enterprise to change that much so good on them.
Overall it was a great event. Lots of interesting sessions and lots of thoughtful conversations. I even had the opportunity to meet and have a little hallway chat with Linus, which was an added treat given my history in OpenSolaris at Sun. I told him about the time I spammed the Linux kernel mailing list with my OpenSolaris announcement back in 2005 — by accident, of course. Just search for OpenSolaris here in the archives to see it.
Hopefully, for next year’s summit I’ll be able to bring up my video kit and stream out some live interviews. We’ll see. I shot 87 images and they are all here on Flickr.