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Final Red Hat Summit keynotes: wow

Nicholas Negroponte spoke as one of the keynote speakers this morning. He spoke about the One Laptop Per Child effort that he's been leading for a number of years. It was a great talk and I'm very proud to see Red Hat so involved in such a worthwhile project.  If you have not heard of this effort, please take a few minutes to read about it.  You'll be amazed at the goals, constraints they're working under, and the great results so far.

It also occurred to me that these keynotes are unlike those of any other technology conference I've been to recently.  These talks have not been about the next minor change in technology, but about major trends in the industry and in the world.  I'm reminded of the feeling I got at the TED conferences a few years ago. It's sometimes hard for those of us in the tech business to rise above the minutia of daily life. It was great to get some time to think about ideas like freedom, culture, innovation, and the well-being of children on the other side of the planet. 

I heard a rumor that some of these keynote addresses will be available on the Red Hat website or maybe on YouTube.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  I'd really like to share them with friends, and I wouldn't mind seeing them again myself.
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