Day 1 of the Ubuntu Live conference is over and I can’t believe how worthless the sessions were. The keynotes and networking was great, but the sessions just sucked.
The whole day was kicked off by the main guy at Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth. According to Mark, we can expect another LTS (long-term support) release of Ubuntu around April 2008. Eben Moglen also gave an awesome keynote and it’s absolutely great to hear him speak about his thoughts of Redmond. I have to say that the keynotes, which typically put me to sleep, were really quite good. The speakers were funny, energetic, and interesting.
I don’t think I learned a thing. It’s either the content was way to high level or they never really got around to what the session was about. I think part of the problem was 30 minute sessions. This should have been closer to 45-50 minutes instead. All in all, the sessions were a big let down.
But not all sucked. I got to meet Mark Shuttleworth, which was cool. I also got to personally meet Eben Moglen, the legal genius behind GPL3. I met lots of cool attendees from all over: Wired, Ars Technica, Google, and many more. I got to hold a OLPC, which was pretty cool. The most memorable moment of the day was meeting Mårten Mickos, the CEO of MySQL AB. He was extremely approachable and great to talk to. He didn’t have one of those big CEO heads. Just a great guy and I look forward to the next time our paths cross.