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SubjectRe: [Ksummit-2007-discuss] Re: [Ksummit-2006-discuss] 2007 Linux Kernel Summit
On Tue, Jan 30, 2007 at 08:30:25AM -0800, Randy Dunlap wrote:
> On Tue, 30 Jan 2007 08:16:21 +0100 Jes Sorensen wrote:
>
> > James Bottomley wrote:
> > > On Tue, 2007-01-30 at 01:06 +0100, Jes Sorensen wrote:
> > >> The last couple of years there's been roughly 13 seats sold to sponsors,
> > >> which is somewhere in the order or 15%. Even if we assume that say 50%
> > >> of those seats have been given to relevant participants, thats still a
> > >> lot of waste.
> > >
> > > The sad fact is that putting on a summit costs money. If the attendees
> > > themselves don't pay then it has to come from somewhere. The current
> > > funding mechanism is open for discussion, like the agenda ... what did
> > > you have in mind?
> >
> > I don't have an issue with the fact there are sponsors, however I think
> > KS is important enough and sponsors are aware of this, that selling
> > seats to sponsors shouldn't be necessary.

As one who regularly fills a sponsor slot (though I have also gotten
an invitation on merit in the past), I don't believe the sponsor slot
people detract from the sessions. Most of the time we keep quiet,
occasionally offering our insights or challenges. Jonathan's writeups
are fantastic, but it doesn't really compare with being there and
participating in discussions, either hallway or main room. Besides
consuming oxygen, what's the real concern here?

Thanks,
Matt

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