I'm not going to enter into a long diatribe here. I'd just like to say that I would really like to attend OSCON. I'm based in the UK but I can just about afford the travel.
For the last three years I have been working on a Linux based solid-state computer system. It will be a low-power, "green" option targeted at small, not-for-profit companies. If I get to Oregon I would love to have a look around generally as I have heard that the State of Oregon has already implemented many "green" initiatives.
The easiest way to find out about my project is to look at the website: http://www.cellularity.co.uk
There are only two of us involved with intermittent input from two others. We receive absolutely no funding whatsoever.