Today I’m at the Red Hat Government Users and Developers Conference in Washington, D.C. As one would expect, the Ronald Reagan Trade Building has completely failed to deliver a working wireless connection without severely cracking the folds of my wallet. And of course I can’t live without connectivity, so here I am, $20 lighter.
I did get to say hello and have a quick conversation with Michael Tiemann before his opening keynote. But aside from that, a lot of people here today are not talking about “Should we?” or “Why?”, but rather, “How, and how fast?” The change of administration in the White House (whoever wins), coupled with uncertainty about budget futures given the current national financial crisis, are leading a lot of people to look at the “gateway drug” of open source — how does my agency spend less and achieve more with our IT dollars? And of course, Red Hat is there to show the way. Now it’s all about federal agencies having the foresight and courage to take the path out of darkness.