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No, it's not Free Software. It's part of their Applix Office suite, so it's $99.00 (dirt cheap for a good development environment). Unfortunately, I came by right as they were conducting their raffle, so I couldn't get a demo or even answers to my questions. It was already 1:20PM on the last day -- I had 600 miles to drive before I slept, so I had to leave without full info. So readers -- if any of you use Applix Builder, please let me know what you think of it.
Well, there's not a bit of porn at Jillians. The "adult games" they refer to are virtual reality car and motorcycle racing, other video games, and a pleasant variety of physical realm games including volleyball, ping pong and pool. Snacks included carrots and celery and pizza. Open bar served beer and soft drinks (thanks for thinking of us non-drinking people). For the barroom experience you could hang inside. Jocks could play ping pong and volleyball. And if you just wanted a little peace and quiet, or if you wanted to really hear what the person next to you was saying, there were several tables in a sand area away from the noise.
The company was excellent, and everyone was primed. As the evening progressed, cliques broke up and merged with other cliques. You could meet almost anyone you wanted to. It was a geek-clique square dance. The party was supposed to be from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. I left at 10:20pm and it was still going strong.
Less than 10% of the attendees were women, and less than half the women danced -- probably because they didn't come to North Carolina to dance, and probably preferred to dance with their husbands. So the minute the music went on, more than 90% of the attendees were disenfranchised.
SuSe: You have a great product, you drew a great crowd and obviously know how to put on a great party. One piece of advice: Take a page from Red Hat's book. Next year have your party at a place with a wide variety of activities and a reasonable noise level.
Andover.Net lists over 10 affiliated sites, apparently written by less than 10 full time content providers. I know how hard it is to write content for just one site, so I want to learn these guys' productivity secret. And their sites are so darned professional. Check out Andover.Net.
This might be a good time to reconsider any Microsoft-oriented investments, and investigate Linux.