Back from OSCON

July 31, 2004

When I first started doing Open Source, the average community member looked like a member of a third-rate ZZ-Top cover band on a bad Saturday night — and every conversation turned to Microsoft-bashing within 10 minutes. My, how times have changed. If OSCON is any indication, the average Open Source user is now a suburban dad in an XL logowear T-shirt who doesn’t give a crap about anything but finding the most practical and cheapest way to get the job done. Every gain is also a loss, so I imagine there is far less of a single-digit-Communist-Party-card ambiance than there used to be.

The highlight of the conference for me, and I suspect a lot of other people, was the buzz around Parrot. Sterling and Thies gave their Pharrot talk, which was attended by Dan Sugalski, Larry Wall, and Jim Hugunin of IronPython. It gives me a nice warm feeling to think that the Perl, Python, and PHP communities are converging and cooperating to this extent.

I got interviewed for a documentary on Open Source — laughably, as the diversity candidate. I’m not sure what exactly I’m supposed to be representing, but I suspect I’m doing a piss-poor job.

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