Monthly Archives: September 2012

So I've had an eventful week. It's really not been the greatest to be honest but I'm treating it as an isolated incident of madness and not letting it damage the experiences that I had in Portugal meeting great Red Hat customers, reseller partners and distributors and our great community base. Awful flight home, arrived in at 2am somewhat bedraggled and war weary but grateful to be back in one piece. Thats my travelling over for a week till I get my head round having a knife pulled on me.

More importantly Evento Linux was great - I am truly grateful for the help and support from our amazing PR handlers especially Ana Morais who managed us and our schedules with applomb, the guys at Syone and Caixa Mágica who put together a polished and well attended conference. Jeff Ruby from Red Hat Iberia put a lot of time and effort to get me out there but also to set up meetings and opportunities for me as well as filling me with good food, wine and port.


It was great to hook up with Matt Asay who was up before me when it came to giving our own adlib or slide orientated talks on OSS and Free Software. With my background now almost sixteen years in OSS I wanted to reach out to the 300+ students in the room who are looking to build careers in computing and potentially in Open Source. Also in the room where 150+ startup business and a lot of established core IT / SME businesses who it's essential we reach out to and reach out to in a manner that enthuses and empowers them to understand where new core revenue can come from. Especially around Cloud and virtualisation.

Don't expect to hear me talk slidedecks and product - this isn't that sort of talk. This was to get hearts minds and deliver a message that would impact on the listeners long after they left the auditorium. Judging by the reactions emails and the feedback so far (as well as the smiling happy faces in the room) I think both Matt and I achieved that.

Judge for yourself by having a listen.

More pictures to follow as soon as I get them.

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Have arrived in Lisbon, Portugal. Great flight, then things rapidly downhill when robbed by a taxi driver from Eastern Europe who stole my money then dumped me by the side of the road. Not the greatest start to a trip. Quite scary and at the end of the day I got away safe. Local police really helpful.

Hope to record a few podcasts tomorrow and prep my keynote. On the bright side things can only get better. Keeping a watching brief on events in Egypt which may determine whether or not I attend there next week.

So I'm giving a keynote this week in Lisbon, Portugal at the Evento Linux 2012. It's a great event and I'll be both at the cocktail reception the night before and then soberly delivering a passionate keynote on Open Cloud and how to grow revenue around Open Architectures the following morning. Matt Asay is up directly before me and I look forward to hearing him. May even try and sneak a podcast in with a few people, am packing podcasting gear in my luggage !

I will be posting some articles and photos from the event and also catching up with the crew from Red Hat Iberia while I am on the ground. I get home for less than a day and then off to Egypt. A busy three weeks of travelling lay ahead.

You can read more info on the Evento Linux 2012 here - if you're coming, make sure you say hi

Registration is now open !! - Registration is now open !!

Full event registration for the London Developer Day at London SouthBank University is now open. Run in conjunction with Eventbrite for the organisational aspects of the event full registration is required for attendance.

It's well worth going to ! Get registered asap.