[Baypiggies] Thoughts on the commercial talks at BayPiggies meetings?

William Deegan bdbaddog at gmail.com
Thu Mar 17 17:34:22 EDT 2016


You should check out some of the AWS and other similar meetups.
As long as there's reasonable competition, these guys are making decent
contributions to open source.. (Yes.. even.. amazingly (My younger self
would never believe I"m saying this) Microsoft).

I do agree that nobody wants to come to baypiggies and get a product pitch.
(free of reasonably generically useful technical info)


On Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 5:21 PM, K Richard Pixley <rich at noir.com> wrote:

> I'm conflicted.
> On the one hand, the package appears to be free, the service it accesses
> is well known, popular, and, at first glance, the package appears to come
> from someone other than the people who are selling the well known service.
> On the other hand, if microsoft offered a free library for interacting
> with it's domain, or oracle offered a free python interface to one of their
> database platforms... well, first off, I'd want to know why they were
> giving it away for free rather than offering it with commercial support
> along with the rest of their product line.  But in this case, I'd expect
> that a presentation by these folks was more likely to be a non-technical,
> sales pitch than anything that would advance my understanding of the
> language or our art.
> I think I liked the idea of free stuff first, free stuff that access paid
> stuff second, and paid stuff a distant third, depending on what can be
> scheduled and who's interested in presenting.  I think that might be a
> better strategy.
> --rich
> On 20160317 13:18, William Deegan wrote:
> Rich,
> Would boto (for example) qualify or be disqualified for you?
> -Bill
> On Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 3:26 PM, K Richard Pixley <rich at noir.com> wrote:
>> I'd prefer to stick with open source offerings.
>> I think of these talks as an opportunity for personal development, not
>> an opportunity for more advertising.  For advertising, someone should be
>> paying for my time.
>> If this forum devolves into a purely commercial marketing channel, I'll
>> be leaving.
>> --rich
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