From here on out, LinuxWorld is a one coast pony. LinuxWorld San Francisco is where it’s going to be at in 2007 and beyond. Unfortunately, for we East Coasters this means no more wintertime Linux supershow; instead we have the Open Solutions Summit in New York City.
Two weeks ago today, I hit up “LinuxWorld Lite” to see if the format had changed as dramatically as the title. It had. The audience was smaller, as were the exhibition hall displays. Noteworthy press conferences were few and far between, but for a journalist that’s good, I suppose, since it meant turning around fewer press releases (find “solution,” replace with “application”).
But while the attendance was light, and some of the sessions were recaps of what was said last summer in San Fran, there was a strong Samba presence. This is great for you and me, as it meant long talks with Samba team members Jerry Carter and Jeremy Allison about winbind, as well as impromptu Q&A’s with attendees about the future of the Samba project.
Samba is going to be a huge area of focus here at SearchEnterpriseLinux this year, as is the broad topic of identity management and Active Directory. The name of the game now, or so those press releases tell me anyway, is “heterogeneous environments.”