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Some Thoughts on IBM's Analyst Summit

James and I had a fascinating chat with two of IBM's more notable executives in the open source / Linux spaces, touching on topics ranging from Ruby's convention-over-configuration paradigm, the actual value of source to end user customers, whether or not closed and open source can work in conjunction with each other, working effectively with communities, and software patents. For the Sun folks in the audience, I did mention Nexenta. For the Ubuntu folks, we also discussed this news.

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