Well, JBoss World is coming to a close here in sunny Orlando. What a fantastic show for us. After all, why wouldn't it be? These is a user conference, not a exhibition like LinuxWorld. So, all of the people here already use JBoss in some form and already fully understand the benefits of open source. There is no education needed on that front.
THEY GET IT.
And they are primarily architects and developers, so, while they may not make the database purchasing decision, they definitely influence it.
An interesting aside, Mark Fleury was here. I was wondering if he would show up and we got a chance to talk for a little while. I know there was some bad blood when he left Red Hat after the acquisition, but this is still his baby after all. I can't imagine what it must be like to watch a company that you built from the ground up continue on without you... I think Mark is feeling it too. Its like raising your own child and then giving him/her up for adoption when they turn 5 or 6.
Anyway, it was good to see Mark. I miss his in-your-face, tell-it-like-it-is attitude. If you want to get a flavor for what Mark is really about, read his blog. He shares it with his wife Nathalie and it is a fun and educational read. Maison Fleury