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Old 09-06-2008, 10:40 PM   #1
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LXer: Linux Foundation to host End User Collaboration Summit


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The Linux Foundation plans to hold an End User Collaboration Summit in New York City in October. The press release we received introducing the event said, "It's by invitation, but registration is free, in keeping with the idea of opening it to 'real' end users." Imagine my grief when I checked the "Press/Analyst" button next to the "What type of constituent group do you belong to?" question on the application form and learned that, by virtue of my occupation, I was not allowed to attend. According to a public relations representative, "The logic behind keeping the press out is to make sure that participants do not feel like opinions, ideas, or even dumb questions will be recorded for posterity." I repeatedly asked both Linux Foundation personnel and their PR firm what other occupations would not be allowed to enjoy the event. Would bloggers be blackballed, lest their presence make attendees self-conscious? What about people who work in law enforcement or for intelligence agencies? They never answered the question.

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