First impressions: Lots of big-wig executive types making me feel under dressed in my sweater and denim, but then I saw John "Mad Dog" Hall and realized I may be over dressed.
Matt Szulik(CEO, Redhat) opened the conference up with a call to arms against the DMCA and drawing parallels between our current situation and the Boston Tea Party. Overall I give him a A-, he did a good job bringing the corporate elite up to speed on issues that matter to slashdot:P.
The floor show had a few nice displays of clustering technology and other enterprise level applications. The blade servers from Esenera were impressive,as well as those from NEC and Eclipse. The biggest disappointments: Dell, IBM, and NetworksA-OK all running MS Laptops. Most obnoxious: The german guy from Suse telling me I can't have a free copy of Suse 8.1 Pro until tommorrow.
Biggest Turn-ons: Talking to Hot Ch1X0r5 about compiling the kernel on Gentoo.
Biggest Gains: I do have a fine collection of pens now.