LinuxWorld 2006

LinuxWorld San Francisco last week was a little disappointing. While last year’s event featured half a dozen interesting keynotes and birds-of-a-feather meetings, the only thing interesting this year was Lawrence Lessig‘s keynote early Tuesday morning, which I missed.

The commercial exhibit floor was largely unremarkable, except for the absence of Red Hat. With what looked like the largest space in the hall, Novell was really stealing the show where commercial Linux is concerned. Ubuntu had two booths, one on the commercial floor and one in the .Org Pavilion. The commercial one was sparsely furnished but had lots of bright red carpet and wall hangings, while the one in the not-for-profit ghetto was just a plain booth, sans decoration. That was a shame, a nice Ubuntu booth in this area could have gotten more people over there and more exposure for some of the other surrounding booths.

Ubuntu booth

The only product presentation I paid any attention to was Five Runs, and that was mainly because they sent me a postcard beforehand and had a drawing for a MacBook Pro. The product they were showcasing was a hosted web-based server statistics reporting and monitoring service, coated with an overly-thick layer of buzzwords, “web 2.0″, and an embarrassingly obvious 37signals design influence. Take a look at their web site to see what I mean. That aside, their product was interesting more in it’s presentation than it’s innovation, and the list of supported services they can monitor is still too short for this to be really useful. I talked to one of their guys a little bit and while it’s still early to say, they might be worth coming back to once they can monitor a larger variety of applications and maybe tack the ability to probe your services from their location to verify availability as well as up/down status.

EFF booth

More pictures