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Maybe Software Services Could Harm Free Software After All...

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July 23, 2009, 3:05 pm

I just returned from the first official event--lightning talks and open source awards--at the 2009 O'Reilly Open Source Convention. It was a brisk parade of brilliant people, culminating in a whirlwind presentation by Perl wizard Damian Conway, whose only objective so far as I could see was to get the world to abandon XML and switch to pod.

Along with all the inspiring suggestions for changing software, politics, education, disabilities, and our general appreciation for life, I was particularly proud to see the high percentage of women honored for doing fantastic things and presenting them forcefully. I wished there was an even larger audience to witness the event. Ethnic diversity was not so well represented, but that can be a goal to strive for...

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