It’s unfortunate that this has turned into such a circus as, properly executed, this could have done a lot of good for the community. I fear that right now it’s had the opposite effect, though it has certainly kicked off a colourful discussion.
Anyway as Anne from the Burton Group [A href="http://groups.google.com/group/cloudforum/msg/a2bb70ca35b1d521"]just said[/A]: “The BIG NEWS is
the hypocrisy, not the manifesto”. I guess we’ll see how it all pans out on Monday.
I definitely respect your opinion and your perspective. However, I tend to think it was more of a coordination effort where Reuven was trying to get as much input and awareness within in his scope of reference. IMHO, none of this would have been an issue if MS hadn’t pre-released the announcement. We would have all had a great debate on Monday about this and no one would have been harmed in the process.
The only parties who benefit more from an invite-only club than the invitees are the inviters themselves. Reuven does a lot for the cloud computing industry but concealing something like this to “make a splash” was going too far, as evidenced by the severe backlash.