The Linux Foundation's inaugural Collaboration Summit wraps up today. For the first time since it was created in the merger of Open Source Development Lab and Linux Standards Base, the group's members and invited guests converged on a single location -- the Googleplex -- to hear "the state of Linux" and to plan for the operating system's future.
Clicking through coverage of the three-day conference, I was amused at how different the stories were. A Reuters piece characterizes the event as a series of "closed-down sessions" at which the big names in Linux development "plotted" how to respond to Microsoft. And leave it to the INQUIRER to suggest that Google's provision of the venue "signal[s] something is afoot"-- like maybe the company really is planning its own version of Linux? (Don't hold your breath on that one.)
Rather than relying on the Reuters account, InfoWorld went straight to the source. Pointing out that the patent issues did not take much conference time -- one 90-minute session, according to the agenda -- the story quoted Linux Foundation marketing director Amanda McPherson:
[This was] just a meeting of the brightest minds in Linux working to improve the platform for all users... We're more interested in concentrating on making Linux better and communicating to the world how great Linux already is than worrying about nebulous legal claims.
If that's the case, then InformationWeek's Charles Babcock got it right. The headline says it all:
Linux Summit: Forget Microsoft. Let's Get Back to Development