There is a misconception that IDG World Expo is not paying for any speakers
at the upcoming LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. This is absolutely NOT TRUE.
The Linux community is populated by many visionaries who may or may not
have unlimited corporate dollars backing them. While IDG World Expo cannot
pay for every speaker, we have been reviewing each speaker's financial
needs on a case by case basis. It has always been our intent to make the
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo the most comprehensive event in the world. We
recognize that would be impossible without excellent content provided by
excellent speakers. With that as our mission, we will continue to work
effortlessly and unselfishly with speakers in need of support.
I've gotten a response from IDG, the
people. This response comes from the outcry
raised today. Click below to read the response.
Update: 12/14 05:55
: Alan Cox also sent in his response which is also attached
to the end of this story.
President, IDG World Expo
The following was written by Alan Cox
The head of the IDG LinuxWorld operation phoned me a short while ago.
Apparently they are going to be providing funding to some speakers (not
just tutorial speakers) on the basis of funding needs for those speakers.
I would suggest any speakers worried about funding therefore talk to IDG
at this point and perhaps post some follow ups on how it went.
I've no idea if his claim that this was always the intention and the underlings
got confused is true or if IDG have been forced into doing the right thing
by the (alarmingly dramatic) affects things like slashdot had on the situation.
I don't think it matters if they made a mistake and rectified it, or if they
have learned and corrected their ways. Its now up to them to show willing
by funding the people who need that funding as they have promised. I think
its on keeping that promise they should be judged.