Is it just me, or is MySQL getting a little too corporate these days?
They recently posted an "interview" with Monty titled Catching up with Monty that seems a lot more like a marketing piece than something Monty would actually say or write:
But then again, what do I know? I've only spoken with him a few times a year for the last few years (in person and via e-mail). This is the first time he ever sounded like he was speaking through a heavy PR/Marketing filter.
I went on a Linux GeekCruise earlier and it was a very rewarding event for me. To be able to mingle and discuss (for days) your Linux problems and ideas with some of the important people behind Linux was both fun and very educational.
We wanted to give MySQL users the same opportunity that the Linux people have on the Linux GeekCruise. People can come discuss and learn about MySQL and also get practical tips and solutions to problems that they face when using MySQL. There is plenty of free time during the MySQL Cruise, and I am sure we will spend a notable part of that time to discuss solving practical problems given to us by users on the trip.
Another reason that I like events like the MySQL GeekCruise is that it gives me the chance to meet MySQL users and through them get a better understanding of what they really want from the MySQL products in the future.
It's customary when documenting an interview to mention who conducted the interview. But "we caught up with him" does nothing to reveal the identity of this person. Was it via e-mail or in person?
So, who kidnapped Monty and replaced him with this evil clone? :-)
Don't get me wrong, I'm not criticizing Monty. I have tons of respect for him. I'm criticizing his clone or whoever crafted that "interview" on his behalf.
Posted by jzawodn at September 07, 2004 10:37 AM