Microsoft Brainwash Summit 2008?

Microsoft invited 43 members of the Open Source / Anything But Microsoft (ABM) development community for a 2 ½ day conversation.

Dario Laverde and I were invited since we run the New York City Java SIG. Much thanks to Microsoft’s Peter Laudati for the invite.

We had an extremely diverse group of free spirited talented developers and engineers with strong opinions towards Microsoft. The group represented most of the popular ABM tech (e.g., Ruby, PHP, Linux, Flex/Flash/ColdFusion, MySQL, Apache, Samba, Perl, Java, etc.).

The standing joke was to label the event as Microsoft’s Brainwash Barcamp. To be fair, Microsoft deserves much credit for holding the event.

For me, it was a great privilege to get the opportunity to share my thoughts on how both parties can work better together. Obviously, the key issue is Microsoft’s inability to connect with the open source community. I’ll post more about it next week.

Regarding Java, even though it’s now an open spec, there are remaining legal issues that Microsoft and Sun need to resolve. I spoke to Sam Ramji a bit about it last night. He is trying to spearhead an effort to make Windows the best OS for Java. He noted that he visited Sun in Santa Clara last week and the meeting didn’t go very well. However, he appears to be optimistic.

In any case, the NYC Java SIG will do its part to facilitate an ongoing dialog between the Java Community and Microsoft since both parties ultimately benefit.


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