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July 15, 2003

Microsoft Responds to Complaints about OSCON Lunch

I got the following email from Microsoft regarding my weblog complaint about Microsoft paying for OSCON lunch:

i noted your objections to the Microsoft-sponsered lunches at O'Reilly's conference. thought I'd quickly try to explain.

last year, i went to OScon02, and the prices of lunches were covered by O'Reilly as part of admission. nice meals.

so when when i noted that OScon03 didn't include lunches in the price of admission (cost-cutting at O'Reilly), and noted that the Microsoft marketing people wanted to do something like a LinuxWorld booth at OScon, i said that it wouldn't be appropriate, but why not help out with the lunches. that is how it got started.

the "free as in lunch" sign was my idea of a joke, too. unfortunately, they wouldn't let us serve beer at lunch, which was the point of the joke of the sign. also, the way the marketing people did the sign, the quotes around "free" only goofed up things a bit, so that some people didn't get the free-as-in-(beer,freedom) reference, but thought it was some kind of "no such thing as a free lunch" insult, which was *absolutely* note the case. and they even managed to mess up the basic smiley emoticon, forgot the -.

hope this helps clarify things a bit.

Was nice to get some clarification on how this all went down, still sorting out what it all means. I took a photo of the poster referred to in the email. Thanks to the Microsoft employee for taking the time to explain.

Posted by mike at July 15, 2003 9:16 AM